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An Au-pair is normally a single person who has chosen to learn English and understand the English culture through working and living with a host family. They are normally between the ages of 18 and 30 and have qualifications for Higher Education and Degree level in their native country.
An Au-pair will live and become a member of your family. In return they will help with childcare, although they may have little or no childcare experience. An Au-pair should not be left with young children or babies by him/ herself for long periods of time. As well as light house work and helping to prepare some meals.
Often Au-pairs have little English and will need additional support and understanding to help care for your children. Whilst living with the host family, most Au-pairs will attend language school. The cost of this course is the responsibility of the Au-pair. Although some families may offer to make a contribution towards the cost of the course.
Most Au-pairs are from Europe; however Au-pairs will also come from Asia and Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. While most European countries (EU members) are entitled to work with the UK, countries outside the EU may have work restrictions, (Hours and type of work allowed to be carried out), due to the different types of visas.