Being the host for an Au Pair in France is the perfect chance to share a glimpse of the French lifestyle while having an affordable, flexible and multicultural childcare option.
Can you become a Host Family?
Welcoming an Au Pair to your home is the chance to bring other cultures closer to your children! The official Au Pair program has established some regulations for families that will help to assure a pleasant stay for both parties.
However, in France there are two different types of Au Pair program: the Stagiaire aide familial étranger and the Salarié Au Pair. When we refer to the Au Pair program, we consider the Au Pair as Stagiaire aide familial étranger.
These are the requirements to fulfil to be part of the program:
Have at least one child under 18 years old
Provide the participant with a room (it cannot be shared with other family members or used for other activities)
But how can you become a Host Family? The first step to find suitable candidates is to create a profile on our website and personalize it. As a Basic Member, you will be able to send standard messages and add candidates to your favorite list.
You also have the chance to become a Premium Member and send personalized messages to the candidates you like. In addition, you will also get our contract template and a useful handbook for the stay.
After browsing through profiles and exchanging a couple of messages with possible candidates, make sure to plan an interview on Skype. If you think you’ve found the right Au Pair, then make your cooperation official by signing the contract. Remember to include all the important points such as the main duties, salary and working schedule.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants in France
France has some requirements for all those who are interested in becoming Au Pairs. Candidates from Non-EU member countries need a visa for their stay, so they need to take a couple of more steps than EU citizens. Being open to all nationalities will give you the possibility to choose from a larger pool of applicants.
Au Pairs are also expected to meet certain expectations for a successful stay:
French language skills - in order to be able to communicate with the world around them and the children, they should have at least a basic level of French. Even if the family speaks another language, this skill is important for the normal course of life.
Childcare experience - taking care of the kids is the main duty of the participants. For this reason, it is expected that he/she has enough experience and can handle any situation that might occur.
Neither to be married nor to have children of his/her own
Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA in France
Citizens of the European Union and EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) just need to meet the following requirements to be part of this cultural exchange:
Age: 17 - 30 years
Valid passport or identity card
Once you get to know each other better through some messages and Skype calls, you can agree on the terms of the stay and sign the contract. Then you just need to follow these steps:
Take care of the insurance for Au Pair
EU citizens can apply for the European Health Insurance Card to enjoy the health benefits in France. The application has to be done by the candidate in his/her home country. We also recommend getting a private insurance to avoid any problems since the EHIC does not cover all treatments.
Register the Au Pair in France
French families need to register their Au Pair at the URSSAF (Unions de Recouvrement des cotisations de Sécurité sociale et d'allocations familiales).
Host Families have to register their Au Pair at the CPAM (Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie), this will grant the access to the health system and generate a social security number for him/her.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country to France?
Participants from Non-European Union countries need to apply for a visa to get their residence permit in France. To do so, they will need to make an appointment at the French embassy and fulfil the requirements for the Au Pair visa:
Age: 18 - 30
At least basic French language skills (in some cases, applicants might need a certificate)
High school diploma or equivalent
Passport: must be valid for the complete length of the stay
Signed contract sent by the family
Confirmation of enrollment for a French language course
Able to pay the travel expenses (in some cases the Au Pair has to present a proof of the ability to cover the costs to the embassy)
Clear criminal record
If your candidate meets all the requirements then it is time to start planning the stay in France. These are the steps you will need to follow:
Sign the contract
Participants need to sign the contract with the Host Family. It is important to make sure it includes points such as the working schedule, pocket money and insurance. Consider that this document must be approved by the DIRECCTE (Direction Régionale des Entreprises, de la Concurrence, de la Consommation, du Travail et de l’Emploi).
Take care of the insurance for Au Pair
Au Pairs must have a private health insurance that protects them during the time in France. Although the Host Family is not obligated to pay for it, it is always recommended that they assist their guest with the costs.
Registration and residence permit
Once in France, Au Pairs will need to register at the local office. After that they need to process a residence permit at the foreign office. They will also need to register at the URSSAF (Unions de Recouvrement des cotisations de Sécurité sociale et d'allocations familiales) within 8 days after the arrival.
Social Security number
In order for Au Pairs to get their social security number, Host Families have to register them at the CPAM (Caisse Primaire d'Assurance Maladie).
Keep in mind that the language barrier and cultural differences might make this process complicated so your new family member will need your support.
Moreover, it is important to know that, in order to host an Au Pair (Stagiaire aide familial étranger), the Host Family will have to respect the regulation with regard to taxes and contributions to the social security system, calculated on a flat-rate basis.
In order to avoid such contributions, the Host Family can propose to the Au Pair the Salarié Au Pair program. However, with this program the Au Pair will not receive any monetary salary, only board and lodging. There is no age or nationality limitation to this program.
For further information, visit the website of the French social security (Sécurité sociale).
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