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Au Pairs

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What is an Au pair?

An Au Pair is a young foreign person aged 18+ who lives as a part of the family and is given pocket money (typically £100-£150 per week). In return for pocket money, board and lodging (see below for details), an Au Pair will help you with the children and housework for around 25 hours per week.

What to expect

When you welcome an Au pair into your home, you will receive 25 hours of childcare and help with housework per week in exchange for board and lodging. Typically, this will include: pocket money, food, bedroom, bathroom, wifi, TV, use of a car (where applicable), and access to an English Language course.

It is important to note is that an Au Pair is not your employee. You can expect most Au Pairs to babysit for 2 nights a week, and generally spend the weekend meeting friends and exploring the UK.

Au Pairs will help with the children (but should not be left in sole charge of babies or children under 3 years). If they drive, they can help with the school run, pre-school and afterschool care, babysitting, simple cooking, and light housework.

Its important to note that an Au pair is not an experienced or qualified child carer, and most have little if any experience with childcare in a home setting.

When they’re not at home, Au Pairs will typically attend a language school (twice a week or more), make friends with other Au Pairs or simply choose to explore the United Kingdom, and so they will mainly choose families to host them in large cities like London.

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