What is an Au Pair’s role in the family?

Au Pairs provide live-in child care for their Host Family in exchange for room, board and a small weekly stipend. Au Pairs are responsible for all the children in their Host Family. There is not a limit to the number of children an Au Pair may be responsible for.

Since the foundation of the Au Pair program is cultural exchange, Au Pairs are meant to become part of the family and be a big brother or sister.

Au Pairs are not maids and cannot perform any tasks not directly related to the care of the children, even if they are paid more to do so.

 Au Pairs can care for children 3 months to 18 years of age.

Child care responsibilities can include, but are not limited to:

  • General supervision
  • Driving
  • Homework help
  • Meal preparation
  • Light housekeeping related to the children

Light housekeeping related to the children means Au Pairs cannot be responsible for the overall housework or cleaning for any of the adults in the home, other than themselves. Light housekeeping includes tasks such as the children’s laundry and general tidying up in the children’s areas.

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