What is an au pair? Could it suit my family?
-An au pair is someone from overseas who is wanting to learn English as a second language. Many of them will be young people from Europe, leaving high school or university and may even be considering a career in childcare.
-Au pairs are not considered an employee by the British government, you will provide them with suitable accommodation, main meals Monday – Sunday, pocket money (usually between £80 – £150 per week) and they will work for you up to 30 hours per week. Work can include childcare and light housework but not deep cleaning, as well as two nights babysitting per week and some cooking.
-Your au pair will have little to no childcare experience and are therefore more suited to school aged children and often work shared charge with a parent. They are not able to look after children under 2 years old. Think of them more as another pair of hands around the house, not a qualified nanny.
-You will need to give your au pair time during the week to study and attend English classes if they wish. Having an au pair is a great opportunity to teach someone about British culture and also learn about theirs! In a lot of cases children start to pick up a second language. You will also need to allow your au pair time off to travel home during the year to see their family.
Get in touch if you would like to chat through your requirements with our consultants and see if an au pair could suit your family!