Au Pair LogoHere’s some frequently asked questions.

An Au Pair is a young person (usually aged between 18 and 35 years) coming from another country to help a family with childcare and light housework while staying as a guest with the family. Cultural exchange is an excellent way to learn new cultures and languages while being part of a safe family unit.

This depends on the country. The average placement will do between 15 – 35 hours per week and will have two days off.

This also depends on the country. Please see our list of countries and pocket money at the bottom of this page.

This depends on the country. All EU Au Pairs can travel freely within the EU. If you are an international Au Pair then please visit our visa requirements list.

We advise all Au Pairs and families to have a letter of offer or contract signed by both sides before accepting a placement. We have a letter of invitation available online here to download. Both parties must sign the contract or letter of invitation. It includes start dates, pocket money, hours and house rules. Please view our list of countries and pocket money to ensure that you offer or except the correct amount.

List of housework tasks accepted as light housework:

  • Washing dishes, including loading and unloading dishwasher
  • Preparing simple meals for children
  • Keeping kitchen tidy and clean, including sweeping and mopping floors
  • Loading and unloading laundry into washing machine
  • Putting washed clothes away
  • Ironing for children
  • Vacuuming
  • Making and changing children’s beds
  • Cleaning children’s bathroom
  • Keeping their own room/bathroom clean and tidy
  • Light shopping
  • Walking and feeding pets

List of tasks considered unsuitable for an au pair :

Please remember, it is a cultural exchange programme, giving a young person the opportunity to learn about your countries culture and improve language skills through interaction with children.

  • Gardening
  • Window cleaning
  • Spring cleaning
  • Cleaning the oven, other than simple wiping out
  • Washing carpets
  • Washing the car
  • Weekly shopping
  • Pet training
  • Clearing up after untrained pets
  • Making parents bed
  • Ironing for parents
  • Cleaning parents’ en-suite bathroom
  • Polishing silver and brassware
  • Cooking the family meal, unless the au pair enjoys cooking and has chosen to do this for the family

All interviews are usually conducted over Skype or facetime. Here are some Skype interviews questions that you should ask.

  • Have you worked as an au pair before?
  • If so, can you provide any references?
  • Do you like children? What kind of experience do you have in childcare?
  • Can you help them with their homework?
  • Have you any experience in babysitting?
  • Have you been taking care of children for a longer period of time?
  • Are you a person who likes to take responsibility?
  • How would you describe yourself?
  • What would you do should the children not listen to you?
  • Do your family and friends support your idea of becoming an au pair?
  • Do you have a boyfriend/girlfriend?
  • Does he/she support your idea of becoming an au pair?
  • Did you clarify together how you would manage this situation?
  • Would you want your family/boyfriend or girlfriend/friends to come over for a visit?
  • How often do you intend to travel back home?
  • Can you communicate well with us and our children (do you master our language)?
  • What are the things you are planning to do in your host country?
  • What are your hobbies?
  • For how long can you come to us? When is it possible for you to start?
  • What do you expect from your stay as an au pair?
  • Are you prepared to go on a holiday with us minding the children during this time?
  • What dishes could you prepare for our children?
  • Should you be a vegetarian, will you nevertheless be able to prepare meat dishes for the children?
  • What is your favourite food?
  • Do you have any allergies against certain foods?
  • Are you fit?
  • Is there anything we particularly need to know with regard to your person?
  • Do you smoke?
  • Are you prepared to help with light housework?
  • Do you have a driving licence which is valid in your host country?
  • Do you have much driving experience?

Example table of Countries vs Pocket Money

COUNTRY Hours / Per Wk Pocket Money Per Month
Australia 25-30 850-1000 AU$
Austria 20 €385
Belgium 20 €450
Canada 25 810 CAD
Denmark 30 3.200 DKK
Finland 30 €250-€260
France 35 €260-€320
Germany 30 €310 (€260 + €50)
Iceland 30 40.000 IKR
Ireland 15-30 €400
Italy 30 €250-€300
Japan 30 40.000 Yen
Netherlands 30 €340
New Zealand 40 $600-$800
Norway 30 5000 NOK
Spain 30 €200-€250
Sweden 25 3500 SEK
Switzerland 30 500-750 CHF
United Kingdom 30 £280-GBP
USA 40 $800