Information For Families
What is an Au Pair?
An Au Pair is a young person (usually aged between 18 and 30 years) coming from another country to help a family with childcare and light housework while staying as a guest with the family. The Au Pair receives weekly pocket money. The au pair often wants improve her language skills and learn about the culture and lifestyle of the country.
Au Pairs’ Working Hours
Au pairs generally work between 20 and 35 hours per week.
Au Pairs should have Saturdays (preferable), Sundays (essential) and bank holidays (essential) free.
As the Department of Employment does not recognise the au pair programme they are treated as domestic workers. It expects families to register as employers and pay €10.10 per hour. Families are only allowed to deduct around €50 per week for board and lodgings.
Nevertheless, many families continue to pay traditional pocket money rates of €130 for 25 hours, €150 for 30 hours and €170 per week for 35 hours. The onus is on the host-family to comply with wage regulations.
In addition to childminding your Au Pair will also assist with light housework (tidying, some vacuuming, preparing simple meals, laundry, etc).
The Au Pair will require her own bedroom, fully furnished with adequate heating. A representative of SK Dublin will check the room for suitability prior to finalising the placement. The house must be clean and tidy.
Our partner agencies interview the au pairs in their home country and assess their suitability. They provide at least two references, a police clearance certificate and a medical certificate.
Advice and Support
SK Dublin provides support and help to both families and their au pairs, including the agency’s mobile telephone number. We can organise English classes and put the Au Pairs in touch with other Au Pairs in their area. In the event of the Au Pair being unsuitable, SK Dublin will offer you a suitable replacement as soon as possible.