Frequently Asked Questions

For Host Families

Beside the pocket money what other expenses can the family expect to incur?

Who pays for the flight?

How does do the au pairs stay with a family?

How do I introduce my au pair to other au pairs?

What type of accommodation is required for au-pair?

How many days off is the au-pair entitled to?

Can I request an au-pair that drives?

Should I provide the au pair with a mobile phone?

Does the family pay for the English classes?

Should I expect the au pair to cook?

Smoking ban?

Telephone privileges?

House work?


Who pays for the flight?

The cost of the flights to and from Ireland are to be borne by the au pairs

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Beside the pocket money what other expenses can the family expect to incur?

Since the children are taken care of in the home, your heating & electricity bills will increase. You should budget for an extra person to feed in your household expenditure. The family must provide transportation to language classes, be it paying for a bus fare or giving them a lift in your car. If the au pair has permission for use of the family car, the family must pay for the insurance, N C T, maintenance and fuel. The au pair will pay for the petrol if the car is utilised for personal use.

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How does do the au pairs stay with a family?

Au pairs are available all year round but generally are placed in September for the school year and in June for the summer. Au pairs have to be available for 6 to 12 months but shorter placements are available for the summer for 6 to 12 weeks.

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How do I introduce my au pair to other au pairs?

ABC will contact the au pairs upon arrival and provide them with a list of au pairs placed in and around the area. We will also give them information on English classes.

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What type of accommodation is required for au-pair?

The au-pair must have their own private room.

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How many days off is the au-pair entitled to?

An au-pair must be given at least one day off a week, one weekend every six weeks, and one week paid holidays every six months – timing and scheduling must be by mutual agreement between host family and au pair.

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Can I request an au-pair that drives?

Yes – some au pairs have a full licence, the family is responsible for covering insurance, N CT , upkeep and also fuel while car is being driven by au pair for family use or to go to English classes.

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Should I provide the au pair with a mobile phone?

It is not compulsory but it is recommended so that you maintain constant contact with each other. The Au- pair pays for their own credit. The options in Ireland are with Vodafone, 3, Meteor, Tesco Mobile and E - mobile

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Does the family pay for the English classes?

No the classes are at the au pairs own expense but the family has to give adequate time off to attend classes (generally twice a week) and also provide or facilitate transportation to classes.

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Should I expect the au pair to cook?

The au pair can cook the light meals for the children and herself. She can also participate in the preparation of the main family meal. The au pair cannot be expected to organise the family dinner on a daily basis.

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Smoking ban?

If the au pair is a smoker he/she is not permitted to smoke within the confines of the house or in the presence of the

Children.
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Telephone privileges?

As you can appreciate it is important for the au-pair to maintain contact with friends and family overseas. To avoid

expensive phone bills ABC would advise the use of pre-paid international phone cards or Skype.

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House work?

The au-pair can help you with light house work like washing-up, hovering, dusting. She/he can be responsible for

keeping the playroom & children’s bedrooms tidy and for the kids’ laundry). The au pair cannot be expected to do

heavy housework (gardening, washing the fridge or oven, walls, windows, bathroom or toilets, parent’s bedroom,

parents’ laundry, garage etc). The au pair is not a house cleaner - Just an extra pair of hands

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