What's an Au Pair?

 

 

An au pair is a single person, aged 17-27 who comes to the UK to learn English and live as part of an English speaking family for up to two years. She should receive at least £80.00 pocket money per week. She is expected to help around the house and care for the children.

She needs to be treated with consideration and flexibility and help to pursue her aims, such as studying at the local college: the au pair will usually be expected to pay for this. It is voluntary for families to contribute to these costs. 

Au Pairs are not nannies and should not be left in charge of babies for long periods. An au pair should not be given sole charge of children under two years old.