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Au pair duties

It is very important to discuss and agree duties and responsibilities with your au pair from the very beginning. An au pair often decides to accept or turn down an au pair stay based on the duties that the host family expects of her. All duties should be included in the au pair contract which you should sign with your au pair at the beginning of the au pair stay.

The au pair’s priority is always the care of children but she can help with some light household duties also. We recommend that an au pair does no more than 1 hour of light housework per day.

Au pair duties can include any of the following:

  • Getting the children ready for the day including  dressing and getting them breakfast
  • Bringing the children to and from school
  • Bringing the children to after-school activities
  • Helping them with their homework
  • Playing games and doing activities with the children
  • Bringing the children on outings such as going to the playground, beach, baby and toddler groups, etc.
  • Preparing the children’s snacks, simple meals and feeding them

Light housework can include the following:

  • Keeping kitchen tidy and clean, including cleaning the floors
  • Loading and unloading laundry into washing machine
  • Hanging laundry out and taking laundry in
  • Ironing children’s clothes
  • Putting children's clothes away
  • Vacuuming children’s bedrooms and communal areas
  • Making and changing children’s beds
  • Keep their own room/bathroom clean and tidy
  • Light shopping (not the entire household shopping)
  • Walking and feeding pets (if agreed beforehand)
  • Washing dishes, including loading and unloading dishwasher