Host an Au Pair in Ireland! Irish families have the chance to get an affordable, responsible and flexible childcare option while enjoying a cultural exchange. Au Pairs from all around the world choose Ireland as their destination since it does not only offer the chance to improve their English skills, but also to discover its incredible nature.
Can you become a Host Family?
Irish families that welcome an Au Pair have the chance to bring a different culture closer to their children. There are some program rules for the families who wish to be part of the program. Families in Ireland must have:
Firstly, create your profile for free and personalize it. Do not forget to complete your “welcome” letter to the Au Pair, add photos and describe your family and expectations. This will give Au Pairs a better idea of living with your family.
All users can send standard messages and add candidates to their favorites for free. With our Premium Membership families are also able to send personalized messages to their possible matches. As a Premium Member, they will also get a contract template and a handbook to guide them through the process.
Afterwards, you can browse through the profiles of our candidates and show them that you are interested. After exchanging messages, you can plan a video call and talk face to face. Then you will only need to make it official through the contract.
Hosting EU and Non-EU applicants
Applicants need to meet different requirements according to their nationality. EU/EFTA citizens do not require a visa, but considering other nationalities also will help you to find an Au Pair faster.
All those willing to be part of the program should have childcare experience to handle any problem that might appear. It is also expected that Au Pairs are not married, don’t have children of their own and are healthy.
Discover more about the Au Pair program in our Wiki section. If you have any questions, check out the FAQ’s. In case of any specific doubts you can always send us a message!
Hosting an Au Pair from the European Union and EFTA
Citizens of the European Union and EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) only need the following requirements to be an Au Pair in Ireland:
Age: 18 - 28 years
Good command of English
Once you’ve found a good candidate, you will need to get to know each other better and have a few video calls. Afterwards you can prepare and sign the contract and arrange the following:
Check if your Au Pair has an Insurance
Citizens of European Union member countries can benefit from the Irish healthcare system by using the European Health Insurance Card. This card must be requested in the participant’s home country. We recommend to get a private insurance in addition to the one existing to avoid any unfortunate surprises.
Register the Au Pair in Ireland
EU citizens whose stay in Ireland exceeds three months have to register at the local office.
Participants from other countries need to apply for a visa to Ireland to get their residence permit in Ireland. To start the process they will need to make an appointment at the Irish embassy in their home country. There are also some requirements they need to fulfil:
Age: 18 - 27 years
Good command of English
Candidate for a Working Holiday, Work and Travel or Student Visa