Becoming a host family in Ireland
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.
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)
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.
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.
Working hours should be discussed and agreed with your au pair before commencing the au pair stay.
Length of stay
We recommend your au pair is given at least 2 days off per week and at least 1 full weekend off per month.
Always sign a contract with your au pair at the beginning of the au pair placement.
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.