The Au Pair program in Ireland is a cultural exchange that represents a mutual cooperation between an Au Pair and a Host Family. Since each country has certain rules and regulations for the Au Pair program, we have gathered important details about the Au Pair experience in Ireland in this post.
Au Pair responsibilities
Participants in Ireland are mainly responsible to take care of the Host Family’s children. Thus, all the tasks will be related directly to childcare. For instance, the participant might be responsible to take the kids to the kindergarten or school, play with them outside, help them in getting ready to go outside, occasional babysitting, etc.
The Au Pair will also perform some light housework, though it should be also related to children only. For instance, cooking light meals for the kids, cleaning their room, ironing their clothes and so on. Remember that Au Pairing is not a cleaning lady service. Thus the participant is not responsible for house cleaning tasks at any time. Discuss this with the Host Family and write the Au Pair responsibilities in the contract.
Host Family responsibilities
The Host Family is mainly responsible to provide the required living conditions for their Au Pair, so the participant can focus on the work. The living conditions presume a personal room in the Host Family’s home, boarding, insurance in Ireland and support with the integration into the local culture. Read more about specific Host Family responsibilities.
According to the program requirements, Au Pairs in Ireland will work between 25 and 30 hours, including babysitting hours. Discuss the future schedule with your Host Family/Au Pair and state it in the contract as well.
The payment regulations for participants in Ireland were recently updated. According to them, Au Pairs should earn a minimum wage of €9,25 an hour. If the candidate happens to work more than than the weekly standard, he/she should talk to the Host Family about compensation accordingly.
To make the payment procedures easier for both Au Pair and a Host Family, consider opening a bank account in Ireland to receive money through bank transfers.
Participants in Ireland have two days off per week. In addition, the Au Pair should have a two week paid holiday during a 12-month long stay. To avoid possible misunderstandings, the participant needs to plan the vacation and inform the family in advance. This will help them to plan the schedule accordingly.
Include all these details in the contract to ensure the program runs smoothly from beginning to end.
Every participant receives full board and accommodation in the Host Family’s home, free of charge for the whole duration of the stay. This is one of the requirements of the program. The candidate should not pay for food & lodging at any time.
Even if the Au Pair falls sick or decides to stay at home during holidays, he/she still needs to access to full board & lodging.
Au Pairs in Ireland have the opportunity to attend a language course to improve their English knowledge.The Host Family and the Au Pair need to discuss the daily schedule and responsibilities to make sure the participant has a few hours a week to attend the language classes.
The participant is responsible for covering the cost of the language course. He/she can always ask the Host Family if they would like to help with the costs.