logo

Duties as an au pair

What does an au pair do? What are your duties as an au pair? Find out what you have to do as an au pair and what not.

 

INFORMATION AT A GLANCE

  • Your main duty as an au pair is taking care of the children!
  • Anything related to child care could be part of your work as well!
  • Your duties as an au pair could be different in every host family.

 

AU PAIR RESPONSIBILITIES

What are your duties as an au pair? The most important task you have as an au pair is to take care of the children, responsibly and lovingly.

 

As an au pair and as a new member of the family you should take part actively in the family life. This will also help you to learn the language faster. All of your duties in the daily life with the host family should be related to child care.

 

YOUR POSSIBLE DUTIES AS AU PAIR

  • duties aupairwake up the children
  • prepare breakfast
  • prepare little meals for the children
  • clean up after the meals
  • change diapers
  • help the children dress and undress
  • bathe the children
  • play with the children
  • read with or to the children
  • help them with their homework
  • wash the children's clothes and iron them
  • clean the children's room
  • load and unload the dishwasher
  • babysit at night
  • keep your own room clean
  • bring the children to their day care facilities, to their schools or to their after-school activities and pick them up

 

THESE ARE NOT YOUR AU PAIR DUTIES:

  • manage the entire household
  • prepare meals for the entire family
  • wash the host parents' clothes and iron them
  • clean the host parents' bedrooms or bathrooms
  • gardening
  • shop for the entire family
  • take care of the pets

 

DUTIES FOR AU PAIR?

You help your host family with everything that has to do with the children. Therefore, your duties as an au pair do not include cleaning the entire house and you also don't have to prepare a three course meal for the family. Your chores around the house shouldn't take up more than 50% of your work hours as au pair.

 

And: as an au-pair, you don't have to be available 24-7. There are clear rules about your working hours as an au pair that your host family has to respect.

 

If your host family doesn't respect these rules, we have a couple of tips for you on how to handle problems with your host family.

 

AN EXAMPLE OF A TYPICAL AU PAIR DAY:

In a host family where the children are in kindergarten or go to school, you usually have the mornings off:

  • 6 AM – 1 PM: free
  • 1 PM: pick up the children or wait for them
  • 1.30 PM: prepare a small meal for all of you
  • 2.30 PM: help them with their homework
  • 3 PM: take care of the children and bring them to their after-school activities
  • 5 PM: free time

 

 

If there are small children in your host family that still aren't in kindergarten or don't go to school, then your day as an au pair could look like this:

  • 8 AM: breakfast
  • 8.30 AM: wake up the children and help them get dressed
  • 9 AM: play with the children
  • 11 AM: prepare a meal for you
  • 12 PM: prepare the nap
  • free time during the nap
  • 2 PM: help the children get dressed after their nap
  • 2.30 PM: play with the children
  • 3.30 PM: free time

 

 

These examples are just meant as a rough guide. Of course, your au pair working schedule could also look totally different; talk about it beforehand with your host family.

 

 

 

More information for au pairs:

Au Pair is not a Cleaning Woman
Pocket Money
Au Pair Working Hours