Au Pair

Do you want to live with a host family taking care of their kids? Do you want to enrich the kids’ lives and make a positive contribution to their lives? If you answer yes to these then you should become an Au Pair. Now you are wondering what an Au Pair is.

What is Au Pair?

Au Pairs travel to foreign countries to provide childcare to host families. You are required to take care of the kids, assist with everyday tasks and planning their schedules. This could be during the day, at sporting events or while on holiday. Meaning you go on holiday with the family. Free holidays!

What are the duties of an Au Pair?

As all Childcare Careers, Au Pair has the basic childminding duties but, with minor differences. The duties may include:

  • Taking the kids to and from school, activities, and sport events
  • Preparing lunch
  • Doing outing with the kids
  • Assisting with homework or making sure the kids do their homework
  • Helping with, morning routine, bath time, bedtime routine
  • In some cases, doing the kids laundry, tidying up after the kids
  • The most fun part – doing playtime

The duties of the Au Pair depends on the agreement that you made with the family or the terms your agent arranged for you. The average age of an Au Pair is 18 – 30 years old. That being said it’s just the average age. There are plenty of Au Pairs that are older. Now is the optimal time to become an Au Pair. 

Education Requirements for Becoming an Au Pair?

An Educare qualification is required to become an Au Pair. The minimum qualification requirement is a National Certificate: N4 Educare. But, some childminding experience is also needed. 

To better your odds of getting an Au Pair job or even a higher paying Au Pair job, it would be best to get the highest qualification. A National Certificate: N6 Educare would be your best choice. Doing it through a reputable institution like Skills Academy will benefit you as you can work on your experience and study. Distance learning has changed the way we study.

Benefits of Being an Au Pair

Besides the biggest benefit being that you get to do what you love. Working with children and enriching their lives. There are some really good benefits that you need to know about.


Like, you can save money while you are working as an Au Pair. Seeing that you will get paid in a foreign currency that is stronger than ours. On top of that most host families give you an allowance on top of your salary. Reducing your need to spend your salary. 


Exploring and learning about another culture is always exciting and teaches you lessons you wouldn’t have learned otherwise. Lessons about people, the culture of the country you are in, even about yourself. 

Work Abroad

Lastly, one of the other big benefits is working abroad. You get to work in foreign countries doing what you love.

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Au Pair Salary

As mentioned already the salary for Au Pair is very attractive but, does differ from country to country. Even family to family and agency to agency. Now you are unsure of what country to choose to get the most financial benefit to you. Here I break down the top destinations and their salaries to help you make a better choice. All these salaries are averages.

Some of the most popular countries to Au Pair in:

  • Germany – Average salary +R4000 and the family has to pay R800 towards a language course
  • Australia – minimum wage R180 per hour and board (R3500) gets deducted from your wages
  • Sweden – Average salary R5000 with income taxes being deducted
  • United States of America – R2800 per week
  • Canada – Starts at R140 per hour
  • Denmark – Minimum of R8700 per month must be paid
  • New Zealand – Between R1400 and R2600 per week with the salary being paid during illness and vacation time

The Difference Between a Nanny and Au Pair

A nanny gets paid a fixed salary per month with working hours agreed upon by the family and nanny. While an Au Pair receives pocket money and a salary with working hours normally set out by the country’s government. The duties of the nanny can include full cleaning services on top of the childcare. But, an Au Pair is only requested to do some light housework like cleaning up after the kids. Nannies are considered a worker and Au Pairs are considered as part of the family temporarily. 

How to Find Work as an Au Pair

There are many agencies that assist with placements for Au Pairs. Each comes with their own benefits and rules. The best option for you would be to look around and apply at various agencies. But, before applying at any of the agencies you need to do the following to improve your odds of getting a good placement.

The earlier you start the above the sooner you will be in the country of your choice doing the job you love.

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Author: Lucrisia Benjamin
Last Updated: 13 February 2020

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