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Host Families - Au Pair in Ireland

Do you consider becoming a host family in Ireland? Then you probably have a lot of questions. In the following AuPair.com is giving you the answers to the most important questions about the Au Pair program in Ireland. 
1. Can we become a Host Family?
2. Au Pair wages and hours
3. Time off and holiday
4. Length of stay
5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?
6. Insurance
7. What should my Au Pair do /  NOT do?

1. Can we become a Host Family?

In order to host an Au Pair in Ireland, the future Host Family will have to: 

  • Have at least 1 child under 18
  • Have English as their main language
  • Provide the Au Pair with separate room
  • Pay the Au Pair €8,65 an hour (as per established by the Irish Congress of Trade Unions) and enable him/her to visit a language course
Would you like to know what are the conditions to become an Au Pair in Ireland? Click here.

2. Au Pair wages and hours


Au Pairs must earn in Ireland €8,65 an hour. Both Host Family and Au Pair should previously agree on the money paid related to the number working hours. 

The Au Pair will pay for the travel expenses. Most families help their Au Pair to bear some of the costs once the Au Pair has been living with them for a while.  
Please do not transfer money to the Au Pair before its arrival! If you want to pay a share of the travel costs, arrange an installment payment with the Au Pair, starting after the Au Pair's arrival.


Au Pairs in Ireland will work around 25 - 35 hours a week. 

3. Time off and holiday

Au Pairs in Ireland will be entitled to 2 days off a week and 2 week's paid holidays for a 12-month stay.

4. Length of stay

Au Pairs can stay in Ireland a minimum period of 6 months and a maximum period of 12 months.

5. Does my Au Pair need a visa?

  • EU or the EFTA states: no visa required. need a visa. The Au Pair may enter with a valid passport or identity card.
  • Other nationalities: the Au Pair must apply for a student or Working Holiday Visa. This is usually the Au Pair's task; however, the Host Family should assist in accomplishing the visa process. The Au Pair can apply for a visa at the Irish embassy in his/her home country once the Host Family sends the invitation letter and a signed Au Pair contract.
You can find our further informacion on visa application

6. Insurance


Au Pairs should inform themselves in their home country if their insurance will be willing to cover them during their stay abroad. In case they won't be covered, they can still apply for a European Health Insurance Card; we recommend the Host Family to close an accident and liability insurance for their Au Pair.  

Non-EU citizens

Au Pairs will need to get an insurance and the Host Family should be the one bearing the costs.

Pro Trip-World offers will offer your Au Pair an economic and trustworthy insurance. In order to close this insurance you will only need to fill the online form!

7. What should my Au Pair do / NOT do?

Although the Au Pair's tasks and working hours depend on the respective family routines, the Au Pair should mostly:

  • Take care of the children
  • Help the children to get ready for school / bed
  • Take the children to school or any other activity
  • Prepare meals for the kids
  • Do some light housework
  • Babysit up to 3 evenings / week (counted as working hours)

The Au Pair should NOT:

  • Take care of someone else's children
  • Take care of pets
  • Clean non-shared rooms
  • Cook meals for the entire family

AuPair.com cannot be held liable for any information, opinion or recommendation expressed in this website, so you are strongly advised to seek legal advice