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Au Pair in France: salary, working hours, holidays, etc.

Au Pair in France salary
The Au Pair program in France will help the participants to improve their language skills and enjoy a great time discovering the culture, while the families may receive an affordable childcare option with an international impact. Of course both the family and the Au Pair need to keep in mind that all of them have certain responsibilities.

Au Pair responsibilities

The main Au Pair responsibility should always be taking care of the children. Some other responsibilities include helping with light housework and picking up the kids from school and other activities. Include all of these duties in the Au Pair contract.

Host Family responsibilities

The main responsibilities of the Host Families are:
  • providing a private room at the family’s place
  • paying the Au Pairs a monthly salary
  • respecting the working hours and free time
  • providing meals during the stay 
  • taking care of the Au Pair’s health insurance and registration at the social security
Additionally, the family has to register the Au Pair at the Foreign Office and help him/her with the residence permit / visa to France if needed. Overall, the family should be the connection between the Au Pair and French culture.   
 
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Working hours

Working hours for Au Pairs in France might vary according to the family’s needs but should not be more than 25 per week. A family needs to develop a working schedule in a way that the participant can get a possibility to attend a language course and enjoy their free time.
 
Keep in mind that Au Pairs from countries not belonging to the European Union (EU) are not allowed to work in France outside the Au Pair program. 
 

Pocket money

France does not set an official salary for Au Pairs, however, the program recommends 80 Euros per week (320 Euros per month).
 

Time off and holidays

Au Pairs in France should have at least one and a half free days per week. The Au Pair program does not provide official information regarding the holiday entitlement. However, we recommend at least one free week per six months stay.

 

Accommodation

Families in France that choose to host an Au Pair should keep in mind that he/she needs a private room. The family also needs to provide meals during the whole stay (even during the holidays, sickness and free days). That means, that the participant does not have to worry about paying rent or buying food during the stay abroad.
 

Language course

Au Pairs in France must attend a language course for at least three months. The Host Family can help the Au Pair with the course expenses if they decide to, but they are not obligated. 

What else?

  • The Au Pair should register at the foreign office during the first weeks of his/her arrival in France.
  • The Family must contact the responsible foreign office in case of any doubts regarding local regulations.
 



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