Au pairs can assist you for up to 25 hours during the weekdays. Au pairs can help in the evenings and weekends when required. However if you require extra hours you should provide extra pocket money. This should be set out with the au pair at the start when agreeing weekly pocket money. A good relationship with the au pair will provide a happier environment for them, and they would be more keen to accommodate your needs
Au pairs can also assist in school holidays but you should never expect your au pair to work all day every day, for a whole week (au pair plus would allow more school holiday cover). This must also be agreed at the out set and additional pocket money should be provided for the extra assistance.
The au pairs role would include helping with the daily routine of the children, this includes:
Taking them to and collecting them from school
Preparing or helping to prepare dinner
Clearing up after mealtimes
Some homework support where possible
Assisting with the bedtime routine
Maintain the children’s bedrooms
Light household duties ie tidy children’s rooms, iron and wash children’s clothes
Possibly help with weekly shopping, if needed
Your au pair is not a house keeper and please remember he/she is there to help you with your children and release the extra stress and give you that extra time to give you a better quality of life.
An au pair is not permitted to have continuous sole charge of a child under 2 years of age.
If agreed an au pair can babysit for up to 2 evenings per week, one of which can be at the weekend, but not every Saturday.
Building a good relationship with your au pair will help maintain flexibility both for yourself and the au pair.
Your duties/expectation for the au pair
Meals should be provided to the au pairs. The au pair will help with the meal preparation if needed.
On occasions they will meet friends and eat out with them.
Own room with space for their belongings. A desk or table for studying. WiFi access.
Weekly pocket money - £75-£80
Au pairs should have 2 full days off per week (occasionally they may be baby sitting on a Saturday). The working week should be discussed with the au pair on arrival.
Enough free time to study, attend language school or pursue other interests.