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Becoming a host family in Ireland

Introduction

Currently in Ireland, there is no legislation governing the au pair cultural exchange programme. In Ireland families are now obliged to pay minimum wage to an au pair as the au pair is considered to be an employee. For more information regarding minimum wages see the following information on the www.citizensinformation.ie website.

 

Basic recommendations

We recommend you can become a host family in Ireland if:

  • you have at least 1 child under 18 living with you (or in the case of elderly care au pair, an elderly person)
  • you speak local language (English) in your daily life
  • you allow your au pair to attend a language course (up to twice a week)

General information

 

Duties

To help look after your children and help out with light household chores relating to the children. Agree duties with your au pair beforehand and include all these duties in your contract.

 

Pocket money
From our understanding, in Ireland families are now obliged to pay minimum wage to an au pair as the au pair is considered to be an employee.

Board & Lodging

From our understanding, if a family chooses to give board and lodging to  an au pair, they may deduct €54.13 per week from an au pair salary.  We recommend a private bedroom as well as meals 7 days per week are required, even in the case of illness.

 

Travel expenses
Au pairs should bear the cost of their trip themselves unless required to travel with the family.

Working hours

Working hours should be discussed and agreed with your au pair before commencing the au pair stay.

 

Length of stay
An au pair can come from between 1 month up to a maximum of 2 years. Most au pairs stay for between 6 and 12 months.

Free time

We recommend your au pair is given at least 2 days off per week and at least 1 full weekend off per month.

 

Holidays
From our understanding, an au pair is entitled to 4 weeks paid holidays per year.

Contract

Always sign a contract with your au pair at the beginning of the au pair placement.

 

Language courses
We recommend your au pair should be given enough time off to attend a language course if she/he wishes to do so (up to twice per week). The au pair will bear the cost of the language course him/herself.

Driving

If you require your au pair to drive, you must provide him/her with a car, pay for car insurance and ensure that the car is well maintained. You must also provide fuel or give money to your au pair to pay for fuel for the car. Remember your au pair is young and comes from a different country where she/he drove on the other side of the road. She/he may not have much driving experience. We recommend that you provide your au pair with driving lessons until she/he is confident enough to drive your car.

 

Insurance
Au pairs will bear the cost of their medical and travel insurance themselves. It is recommended that the host family name their au pair on their household insurance policy.