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What is an Au Pair?

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Au pair is usually a single person, female or male, between the age of 17 and 27, who goes to another country as part of a language and cultural exchange programme. Aupairs live with a family for an agreed period of 2-24 months and they help families with their children and some light house work for around 25 hours per week or an average of 5 hours a day. An au pair plus may work for more than 25 hours per week for extra money and this should be agreed before the au pair's arrival in the host country. Some aupairs come for just the summer holidays.

Please note that an au pair or au pair plus may not have sole charge of children under the age of 2 years if both parents are outside the home. Also only limited sole charge is permissible for children between the ages of 2 and 3 years.

In the absence of both parents, a Mothers Help or a Nanny is the appropriate choice for younger children and babies. For more information on mothers help, please click here. This age restriction does not apply to evening babysitting or to parents who are at home full time or are working part time from home.

It is important to remember that this is not an employer-employee relationship, but rather a cultural and language exchange based on mutual goodwill and respect. There is usually a month's trial period for the aupair and the new host family to get used to living together. Both families and aupairs should use this trial period fully to give time to adapt to the new environment.

For detailed information about au pairs please visit wikipedia.

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