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Guidelines for Au pairs in the UK

Please note other countries have similar guidelines and programmes. These guidelines are specifically for au pairs wishing to travel to the UK.

(Au pairs UK) Nature of the programme:  Cultural Exchange.

(Au pairs UK) Age:  17 – 30

(Au pairs UK) Hours: 25 – 35 hours per week if from EU country. Limited to 25 hours per week if the au pair is from Bulgaria or Romania. Longer hours are referred to as au pair plus. Hours can be spread out over 5 days per week.

(Au pairs UK) Pocket Money: Minimum £65 per week for 25 hours, regardless of whether the minimum hours are worked. £80 for 30 hours.

(Au pairs UK) Babysitting: Two evenings babysitting per week are included. Extra money should be paid for additional evenings.

(Au pairs UK) Leisure Time: Sufficient time to attend language school, two free days each week and one full weekend off per month.

(Au pairs UK) Holiday: Minimum two weeks holiday per year.  One week for every six months stay. Pocket money should be paid during these two weeks. For shorter periods holiday is calculated pro-rata.

(Au pairs UK) Bank, National Holidays: UK National/ Bank Holidays should be free time for au pairs.

(Au pairs UK) House Work Accepted as Light:

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

(Au pairs UK) House Work Accepted as Unsuitable:

• Gardening
• Window cleaning
• Spring cleaning
• Cleaning the oven, other than simple wiping out
• Washing carpets
• Washing the car
• Weekly shopping
• Pet training
• Clearing up after untrained pets
• Making parents bed
• Ironing for parents
• Cleaning parents' en-suite bathroom
• Polishing silver and brassware
• Cooking the family meal, unless the au pair enjoys cooking and has chosen to do this for the family.

Unless agreed otherwise in advance.

Note: Due to safety reasons au pairs should not be asked to do ironing when looking after children of primary school age or younger.

(Au pairs UK) Child Care: Au pair is not permitted to have continuous sole charge of children under the age of two.

(Au pairs UK) Room: Au pair should receive full private room with window, heating and board from the family throughout the stay.

(Au pairs UK) Travel Cost: Au pair is responsible for their own travel costs to and from the UK unless the family is willing to fund it.

(Au pairs UK) Insurance: EU Au pairs do not need additional health insurance. They are entitled to use the National Health Service. Au pair may take additional travel insurance for accidents, death and personal belongings.

(Au pairs UK) Language School Costs: Au pair is responsible for the language school costs. There are government funded schools in the UK called ESOL classes which are more affordable.

(Au pairs UK) Written Offer: Au pair should be given a written offer from the family covering duties and benefits.

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