Have some tea with your Au Pair, share British culture and traditions with her/him and enjoy flexible and reliable childcare for your family. Here you will find everything you need to know to host an Au Pair in UK from another country.
Can you become a Host Family?
A child care that stays with you is an excellent way of experiencing a cultural exchange and getting to know a different part of the world without even travelling. Host Families have to meet some requirements
to welcome an applicant of the program at their place. Check if you can answer the following questions with “Yes”:
Do you have at least one child under the age of 18 living with you?
Is English the spoken language at your place?
Does the fact of being part of a cultural exchange and finding a new family member sound exciting to you?
Can you provide your new family member with accommodation, food and a salary of 70-85 GBP a week?
Does your family accept the working hours of the Au Pair in the UK?
And? Could you answer each question with a clear “Yes”? Then you are ready to look for an affordable child care from any part of the world you want. Maybe you will find the right one today already.
After registration at AuPair.com, create a profile
which needs to contain all the important information about your family. How old are your kids? How many do you even have? Why are you looking for an international child care and what would her/his schedule
look like? Answer those and other questions. Write a “welcome” letter to Au Pair
and upload pictures
. Profiles with pictures are far more successful and liked than others.
Start contacting the Au Pairs once you have filled out everything. Now you can add other users to your favorites and send standard messages. To get the communication further you will need a Premium Membership
. As a Premium Member you will be able to send personal messages and exchange other contact details like skype names and telephone numbers. We will also provide you with a template of the contract and a handbook for Host Families.
Not only you need to meet some requirements but also your candidate. So before you start the process you need to check if your favorites meet all the criteria to be able to come to the UK.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants
Here you find a list of requirements. During a skype call you can check these points with the applicants:
EU citizens have to be between 17 and 30 years old, Non-EU applicants between 18 and 30 years.
They need to speak English on a good level.
They can not be married or have children.
Non-EU applicants should be eligible for a UK visa, EU applicants should be able to travel to the UK in general.
They should be able to cover their travel expenses.
Although it is not an official requirement participants should have experience in child care because they will be responsible for watching your children, bring them to kindergarten and school and prepare meals for them. So they should’ve done those tasks in the past.
If anything is unclear you can find more information in our Au Pair Wiki
or our FAQs
. If there is anything special our website won’t answer you can contact us
Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA
After you’ve found an Au Pair you should talk on Skype
a couple of times to get to know each other. If your family has made a decision about your new member, you need to discuss everything concerning the stay and write it down in the Au Pair contract
that needs the signatures of both parties. If your candidate is from a European Union or EFTA country she/he will only need a valid passport to enter the UK. There is no restriction for the duration of the stay.
Insurance in the United Kingdom
Citizens of the EU benefit from the services they get with their European Health Insurance Card
. But you and your participant have to remember that the services and treatments that the insurance will cover differ from country to country, so it would be clever for the Au Pair to get an additional insurance
for the stay in the UK. There are special Au Pair insurances that will also include a liability and accident insurance. We also recommend that the Host Family supports their candidate with the costs for the insurance, but it is not obligatory.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country?
If you have found some favorites and added them to your list you can set up appointments for Skype
calls and get to know them on a more personal level. If you’ve found the perfect candidate you can fill out the contract
. It is one of the most important documents because the participant will need it to apply for the visa to the UK
. Now there are only a couple of steps left.
Write down everything that matters in the contract
. When and how many hours does the Au Pair have to work? When will she/he have time off? Also include information about the responsibilities and the Au Pair payment
. The contract needs the signatures of both parties.
Check if the participant has an insurance
Your new family member will need an insurance for the UK
that will cover him/her during the whole stay. Not only medical treatments have to be covered, but also accidents and liabilities. The insurance has to be contracted before the stay.
Support during visa application
If the Au Pair needs a visa to UK
you can help him/her anytime with the process so he/she won’t forget anything to bring to the appointment. You should definitely provide him/her with the contract in time.
Before the Au Pair arrives you should prepare a nice room for her/him. Maybe you want to get some pictures or candles, decoration pillows or a cozy blanket so she/he feels at home. Also talk to her/him about the arrival and where to pick her/him up.
Find out more about the Au Pair program in the UK!