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Au pair working hours

It is very important to discuss and agree your duties and responsibilities with your host family 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. An au pair is expected to help out with the day-to-day running of the household but her/his main responsibility is to help with childcare. Below are some of the duties that you may be asked to carry out by your host family.

  • Getting the children ready for the day including washing and dressing them
  • Bringing the children to and from school
  • Bringing the children to after-school activities
  • Helping them with their homework
  • Playing games and doing activities such as painting, baking, etc. with the children
  • Doing a small amount of grocery shopping
  • Preparing the children’s snacks and  light meals and feeding them
  • Light housework such as tidying, cleaning, hoovering, emptying the dishwasher, etc.


Au pairs’ work schedule

Each family is individual and will have different working requirements of their au pair. It is important that a working schedule be agreed from the very beginning so that no misunderstandings occur.

Your working schedule must be arranged so that you can also attend language classes in your free time. You cannot be asked to work at the times of your language classes.

As an au pair you can expect to:

  • Work up to around 25 -  35 hours per week
  • Do two evenings of babysitting per week (with a maximum of one of these to be at the week-end)
  • Have one full day and 2 half days off or 2 full days off per week and one full weekend off per month (from Friday evening to Monday morning).
  • Have 5 free evenings per week
  • Get paid holidays each year

Working hours and paid holidays vary from country to country. Please see our au pair programmes for more information.