The Au Pair contract is a legal document that can help you avoid many possible misunderstandings and problems during the Au Pair stay
as well as to protect yourself if something goes wrong. The contract mentions all the important details and expectations, that are discussed between an Au Pair and a Host Family.
If you think that you have already found your ideal Au Pair
or a Host Family at AuPair.com, don't forget to arrange a video interview
via Skype to get to know each other better.
Below you can see a list with the most important points of an Au Pair contract:
Length of stay: How long does the stay last?
Start and end date of the contract: when is the Au Pair stay going to start? When should the Au Pair stay end?
Weekly / monthly amount of pocket money: how much will the Au Pair earn in exchange for the provided service?
Holidays: how many free days will Au Pair have and when?
Accommodation and full board: where will the Au Pair live? Describe the Au Pair room, general rules, etc.
Working hours: how many hours should the Au Pair work? What will be the working schedule?
Travel expenses in the host country: who will cover the travel costs in the host country? Will the Au Pair have the right to use a family car? Will the Au Pair get a monthly ticket?
Insurance: who will be responsible for the Au Pair's medical insurance? Will the Au Pair have any extra insurance (liability, accident, etc.)?
Au Pair's responsibilities: what will be the duties of the Au Pair during the whole stay?
Travel expenses: who will pay for the Au Pair's travel expenses?
Cancellation of contract: What is the notice period in case of the cancellation of the contract?
Costs for the visa: Who will pay for visa expenses?
You can download the standard Au Pair Contract
template and modify it according to your case and needs. If a participant needs to apply for a visa to become an Au Pair in the target host country, he/she will need a signed contract to prove the future Au Pair stay at the host country's embassy placed in the Au Pair's country of origin. The Host Family should print out the contract, sign it and send it in order for the Au Pair to start the visa application.
Check here the Model Text of Au Pair Service Contract
approved by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe on 18 January 1972 (do not forget this is not a contract of employment!).
Termination of the Au Pair contract
If there was a serious problem during the Au Pair stay
or there was an emergency where one of the parties needs to leave, you would have to consider the termination of the contract.
If you decide to terminate the contract, respect the notice period. As a rule it is two weeks. During this time both the Au Pair and the Host Family can find a plan B. To avoid misunderstandings, discuss important details before Au Pair arrival
to the host country.
If the Au Pair comes to the host country through a full-service agency, he/she needs to inform the responsible organization. The full-service agency will help to find the solution. If the Au Pair finds the Host Family online
, he/she can activate the profile
again and look for another match.