Au pair Definition


Au pair programme is a culture exchange programme where foreign student come to the UK to learn English. They have experience in childcare but are not childcare qualified. Au pairs should not have any lengthy period of times sole charge of any children under the age of 2 years. Au pairs live as a member of English speaking family for up to two years.

An Au pair:

  • Is a single male or female aged between 18 – 30 years of age inclusive, without dependants. An Au pair without visa  requirement, from the EU can be older.
  • Helps families with light housework and childcare for 25-30 hours per week with two full days off per week.
  • Expects to babysit for 2 nights per week in addition to the duty hours.
  • Receives weekly pocket money according to hours of duty (recommended amount is £80-£112 per week, £75 is the payable minimum according to BAPAA guidelines)
  • Receives free board and lodgings with a host family.
  • Must have their own private room and be given the opportunity to study English (part time) and to attend religious services if they wish.
  • According to Working Time Regulations, BAPAA recommends that, the Au pair receives 28 days of paid holiday pro rata per annum or 1.66 days per month pro-rata if the placement is shorter than a year. This can include public and bank holidays.

UK Aupair programm accommodates Aupairs from all EU countries and from some non-EU countries;

Au pairs from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan need to apply for the Youth Mobility Visa under the Tier 5.