Au Pairs

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Coming to England as an au pair is a rewarding experience. You will have the opportunity to learn English, meet new friends, free time to visit places, experience the culture and life in the UK.

The term au pair is French for ‘on par’ or ‘equal to’ indicating that the relationship between the host family and au pair is meant to be on equal terms rather than that of employer and domestic servant.

An au pair programme is usually for one year, but you can also come for 6 months or as a Summer Au Pair for 2 – 3 months.

What to expect
• An au pair is welcomed as a member of the family
• An au pair helps with childcare and does light housework
• An au pair can be on duty up to 30 hours per week to include any evening babysitting that is required
• An au pair has two days off each week
• An au pair can attend English classes in their free time
• An au pair is entitled to 4 weeks paid holiday per 12 month period, plus Public Holidays
• An au pair receives full room and board from the family throughout the stay
• An au pair gets pocket money weekly
• Notice period is 2 weeks

An Au Pair’s primary role is childcare:

• Helping children to get ready in the morning
• Taking the children to school/collecting the children from school
• Taking the children to after school clubs
• Helping children with homework
• Playing with children
• Helping with children’s bedtimes
• Babysitting

List of housework duties accepted as light housework:

• Washing dishes, loading and unloading dishwasher
• Keeping kitchen tidy and clean, including sweeping and mopping floors
• Vacuuming
• Dusting
• Making and changing children’s beds
• Cleaning children’s bathroom
• Loading and unloading children’s laundry into washing machine/tumble dryer
• Ironing for children
• Putting washed clothes away
• Preparing simple meals for children
• Light shopping
• Emptying bins
• Walking and feeding pets
• Everything to do with keeping their own room and bathroom clean and tidy


If you are
– Aged 18 and over
– Single with no children
– Able to provide clean criminal record check
– In good health
– Able to speak English at least at pre-intermediate level
– Happy, friendly, responsible and flexible person
– Willing to help the host family with children and light housework
Then register with us!

Registration with us is easy and free of charge. You do not pay a placement fee.

Our programme is completely free for au pairs!

You will need

– Fill in a registration form
– Photos of you with children that you have looked after
– Criminal record check
– Copy of passport
– Copy of driving licence (if you will drive in the UK)
– Dear family letter
– 2 references

If you need help with your registration please contact us.

You can send us your documents by email or by post.

Once we receive your registration form and documents we will call you for an interview.

We interview all au pairs by telephone or in person (if already in the UK). After we match your profile with the host family, the family might want to telephone/Skype you. If the family is satisfied and you accept their offer they will write a letter of invitation with your programme details (start date, main responsibilities and duties, working hours, holidays, pocket money and other relevant information).

Together with your letter of invitation we will send information about the area where you will live, closest college for English classes, important telephone numbers in the UK etc. (Sometimes we might provide this after your arrival.)

If you have any problems or questions you will have a telephone contact for our agency here in the UK. You can call during your stay and we will do our best to help you.

We offer Support & Benefits to all au pairs placed by our agency.


The au pair pays for their travel to the UK. At arrival your host family will wait for you and pick you up. You can contact us for advice on the travel options.


Au pairs from the EU must travel to the UK with an EHIC card. Au pairs from the EU are entitled to use the National Health Service in the UK, but it is strongly recommended that the au pairs take out additional travel insurance (to cover loss of belongings, repatriation in case of accident etc.)

Please note that visiting a dentist or an optician is not free in the UK.

Au Pairs was last modified: October 18, 2017 by Twinkle Au Pairs