What is an Au Pair?
What is an Au Pair in Netherland?
An Au pair is someone between 18 and 31 years old, who likes to live for a shorter or longer term and work in a host family in a country of choice. The ideal opportunity to learn to speak another language fluently and explore the local cultures in which the Au pair does not work within the meaning of the WAV (Aliens Employment Act) may perform.
Au pair is cultural exchange program but not contract for work. During the duration of the Au pair stay, the host family has to accept the Au pair as a member of their family but not like a domestic.
They are clear regulations that apply to both host family and the Au pair, set by the European Council.
The foreign stay of the Au pair should be at least 3 months and maximum of 1 year
Duties Au pair
• May maximum 30 hours per week caring for the child (ren) and doing light household (6 hours per day).
• Can 2 nights per week be asking for babysitting (babysitting hours are including 30 hours / week).
• Will get own room and board and a private furnished room allocated.
• Should get the opportunity to follow a language course.
• Will receive pocket money (monthly allowance) transferred to her/his bank account (Au pair € 340).
• For a stay of one year, the Au pair is entitled to 14 days paid leave (holiday).
Au pair tasks Advice and Tips
The following household and child related tasks are part of the Au pair program:
Putting children to bed, getting children out of bed.
Feeding children (bottle and baby food).
Daily childcare; changing diapers, assisting with going to the toilet, giving shower / bath, brushing teeth, brushing hair.
Preparing breakfast and lunch, preparing lunchboxes for children.
Preparing day care bags and schoolbags for children.
Taking children to day care and school, picking them up.
Organizing activities, offering assistance and joining activities for children such as: reading, doing arts and crafts, swimming, going to the playground, taking over to play dates, etc.
Doing dishes, loading and unloading the dishwasher.
Preparing simple dinners (warm).
Keeping the kitchen clean.
Small grocery shopping.
Doing the laundry, folding, ironing and putting laundry away.
Picking up and cleaning children’s rooms.
Picking up and cleaning own room.
Picking up and cleaning the house in general: vacuuming, cleaning, dusting, keeping floors clean.
Making beds and changing sheets.
Taking out garbage (same level floor).
Walking and feeding pets.
Au pair insurance and travel expenses
The insurance (accident, health and liability) of the Au pair will be paid by the host family.
The family is responsible for travel to and from in Holland.
The private situation of the family and house rules will be discussed with the Au pair after her/his arrival to the host family house
What Host Families say about us
by family Homayer, Amsterdam
"Very positive. After I have sent my family registration form, in one day I was called for interview at home (which I find very enjoyable). I have also sent all required documents and chosen for faster procedure..... "