Au pair – What is an Au Pair?
What is an Au pair?
An au pair is a person (usually female), aged between 18 and 30, with a great interest in learning a new language and the culture of a different country. But above all, an au pair is passionate about children and often experienced in taking care of them.
Types of Au Pair
- Au Pair Standard: Between 25 and 30 hours of work per week plus one or two nights babysitting. Pocket money, between £60 and £75 per week.
- Au Pair Plus: Between 30 and 35 hours of work per week plus two nights babysitting. Pocket money between £75 and £100 per week.
- Mother Help: up to 10 hours a day. Pocket money between £130 and £200 per week.
- Summer Au Pair: This is the same as standard, Plus and Mother Help (above), the only difference that it takes place during the summer holiday period and, therefore, will in many cases will lead to more flexibility. The length of the stay can vary between one and three months.
Length of the stay
Short stays: 2 to 3 months
Middle terms stays: between 3 and 6 months
Long stays: 6 months plus
The length of stay for an au pair varies. Au pairs can come for as little as four to six weeks and for as long as up to two years. However, the most requested length of stay is twelve months. Families are generally reluctant to accept au pairs for a shorter stay than this due to disruption to family life.
However, during the summer months many families take an au pair to help with children over the long school summer holidays which run for six to eight weeks from July.
The most popular times of year for a family to want their au pair to start are: September, January, and March (September is the start of the school year).
Holidays and days off
It is recommended that au pair be provided with one or two weeks paid holidays for every six months worked.
The au pair usually has one or two days off per week, preferably during the weekends.