Au Pairs – more information

Au Pairs from the EU can work 25 to 30 hours per week and this can be spread over 5 days. Au Pairs working 35 hours per week are known as Au Pair Plus. Au Pairs must be paid a minimum pocket money of £75 per week if working 25 hours or less per week and £90 if working 30 hours per week. In addition, au pairs can babysit for two evenings a week. If you require an au pair to babysit for more than two evenings a week, then you will have to pay the au pair additional pocket money, we recommend a minimum of £3.50 per hour. An Au Pair is not permitted to have continuous sole charge of a child under the age of two.

We recommend Au Pairs are given 28 days holiday including bank holidays for a 12 month period. Au Pairs should receive 2 free days per week and at least one full free weekend per month.

An Au Pair needs to be given a private room with a window and this is not to be shared with the children. Au Pairs must be given enough time to attend language school by the Host Family.

Example of light housework tasks that can be carried out by an Au Pair
Washing dishes including loading and unloading the dishwasher.
Preparing simple meals for children.
Ironing for children.
Putting washed clothes away.
Vacuuming.
Keeping the kitchen clean and tidy including sweeping and mopping floors.
Making and changing children’s beds.
Cleaning children’s bathroom.
Keeping their room clean and tidy.
Dusting.
Light shopping (not the entire household shopping)

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