Working as an Au Pair involves ceratin duties and responsibilities, which are provided in the Au Pair contract that you and your Host Family sign.
Your main task as an Au Pair will be to take care of your Host Family's children and perform some duties related to childcare. You might also need to help with minor household duties; however, make sure that will not be your main job if you are working as an Au Pair and enssure the duties will still be somehow related to the children (doing the children's laundry, preparing the children's lunch/dinner, emptying the dishwasher or cleaning up the children's rooms).
The Host Family plays a vital role in assigning the duties for their Au Pair, which differ depending on the program of the host country as well as depending on when your Host Family needs your help (if you work mainly in the mornings or evenings).
Au Pair's Duties
Your main task is to look after your host children, which means that you should:
- play with your host children, do crafts with them, read a book to them, go to the park with them etc.
- take your host children to school/pick them up from school
- help with the kids' homework
- arrange and take your host children to play dates with other children or take them to other appointments and activities
- depending on your Host Family's needs and your working hours, you might need to dress your host children in the morning (/help them to get dressed) or help them to get ready for bed in the evening
- you might also need to bath your host children
Au Pair should help out with minor household duties, which include:
- cleaning the children's room(s)
- doing the children's laundry
- preparing meals for the kids (lunch/dinner)
- emptying the dishwasher
- keeping the Au Pair's room clean
- if the Au Pair has an own bathroom, s/he is also responsible for keeping that clean
- Au Pair can also help the Host Family with light shopping for the child or house
What Au Pairs should NOT do
- Au Pair should not be responsible for cleaning private areas of the house, such as the host parents' bedroom
- Au Pair is not responsible for washing and ironing the clothes of the entire Host Family, polishing their shoes or washing the car of the Host Family or their friends, relatives or neighbors.
- Au Pair is not responsible for cooking for the entire Host Family
- Au Pair is not responsible for any activities related to the renovation of the house
- Au Pair will not clean the toilet
- Au Pair should not be responsible for looking after the Host Family's pets
- Au Pair should only take care of his/her host children and is not responsible for looking after children of the Host Family's relatives, friends, neighbors etc. If your host child has a play date with a friend, make sure that the friend's parents are okay with you looking after their children instead of your host children's parents