Frequently Asked Questions
Au Pairs Questions
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A host family is a family consisting of at least one parent and one child under the age of 18 that invites an au pair from a foreign country for a specified period of time (minimum of 3 months). The au pair lives “on equal terms” with the other members of the family and in return for food, board, and a salary, cares for children and does simple domestic work. Placement of the au pair shall initially be for a period not exceeding one year, but may be extended to permit a maximum stay of two years.
Hosting a youngster that is fully intergrated into the household and treated as a member of the family offers a wide range of attractive features if:
You are in need of a helping hand with childcare and daily chores but you don't necessarly have the financial ressources to hire a nanny or a cleaning lady
You have a sens of charity, an eagerness to help and share and a tendency towards social relation
You are looking for a foreigner to initiate your child to his culture and his language which would allow your little one to broaden his mind and give him a different look on the world he's living in
You don't have the time to take your child to school and pick him up
Yes, your Au Pair can supervise your children overnight as long as the Au Pair’s work hours remain within the regulations.
In order to be allowed to host an Au Pair, a family has to meet the following guidelines:
Having at least one child aged 16 or younger living in the same household
Providing an extra room for the au pair, as well as sufficient financial resources to cover costs for food (4,7€ per meal), free board and lodging, as well as necessary insurances
Providing time off – at least one day a week
Providing paid holiday - the length of holiday depends on the agreement with the au pair and the specific country (5 weeks per year in France)
Providing adequate opportunities for the au pair to participate in a language course and - in some countries – to cover the costs of the course.
Registering the au pair with the appropriate authorities (if required) to ensure the au pair is legally registered at all times and/or apply for the required visa or residence permit
Providing a good familiar environment and a healthy place of work for the au pair.
Foreigners holding an international driving licence delivered and translated in their home country are allowed to drive in France during one year under certain conditions:
Being at least 18 years old
The license must be still valid, must not have been suspended, and must be accompanied by an official French translation
France has an agreement with certain non-EU countries whose residents do not need to take a theoretical or practical driving test. A list of these countries can be found on the French Foreign Ministry’s website.
As a host family, you provide free board and lodging (in the latter case, an individual room) for your Au Pair plus the specified amount of pocket money required in your country -In this area, 85€ per week. In some countries, host families also need to pay for an au pair insurance policy.
The au pair is responsible for paying for his or her own travel expenses. In most countries, the au pair also needs to cover the costs for the language course. However, more often than not, Au Pairs and host families split the cost of the language course, as well as the round trip ticket. Some families may even generously take full charge of those expenses.
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Typically, the Au Pair arrives 4 to 8 weeks after the match is finalized. The most variable factor affecting the timeline is the embassy appointment and visa interview.
No, we cannot guarantee your Au Pair’s arrival date. Although we do everything possible to accommodate an Au Pair’s arrival date, certain things out of our control may cause delays, such as (but not limited to):
Embassy returning stamped passport to Au Pair after visa approval (typically 5 to 7 business days) for international travel
Time of year, specifically summer months when many people travel
International conventions and sporting events, make travel to/from hosting countries difficult
No, an Au Pair cannot be shared between multiple families.
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