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WELCOME TO OUR AU PAIR SERVICES

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Established in 2006, The Parent & Child Nanny Agency has an excellent reputation for providing good quality childcare and services.

The Parent & Child Nanny Agency offers a unique and trusted Au Pair placing service within the Devon, Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset locations and offers full support and dual commitment to both our host families and Au Pairs throughout the duration of the placement.
We offer a fully tailored service to meet your personal requirements and seek only Au Pairs with the appropriate attributes to your exacting needs.
We only work with reputable or approved overseas correspondence to ensure the highest standard of checks and care has gone in to each Au Pairs registration and ensuring a safe and reliable matching service.
Connections with reputable agents throughout Europe include, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany and Italy.


The Parent & Child Nanny Agency are committed to:

☆ Use only approved and reputable partner agencies overseas
☆ Ensure candidates are vetted and security checked and will provide copies of these checks
☆ Provide you with full support throughout the duration of the Au Pair placement
☆ Provide a considered choice of candidates that meet your expectations and requirements
☆ Provide Au Pairs with a welcome pack full of local and educational information
☆ Connect and introduce Au pairs with other local Au Pairs where possible
☆ Offer basic Paediatric First Aid courses specifically designed for Au Pairs for added peace of mind
☆ Assist families in making a fully informed decision
☆ Offer pre and post placement support
☆ Offer a simple, but personalised service

The French word “Au Pair” translated means “on par” or an equal meaning they should be treated as part of the family and included in day to day family life. An au Pair is a cultural exchange student who lives with a British family so they can learn English and get to know more about the British way of life and its culture.

The purpose of the exchange is for the Au Pair to treated as a family member and become integrated into the family. In exchange for this cultural experience, the Au Pair helps the host family with light house work and childcare.

The Au Pair may be male or female and typically aged between 17 and 27 years old from all EU countries and certain non EU countries.

An Au Pair or Au Pair plus will work 25 – 35 hours per week, 5 days per week, up to 2 nights babysitting and he/she has 2 free days off per week.

The Au Pair will help with light housework and help care for children (Please note: an Au Pair is not a substitute nanny and has no qualifications in childcare). In return the Au Pair will receive pocket money at a minimum of £70 – £85 plus free board and lodgings

Hours on duty: Au pairs can be on duty from 25 – 35 hours per week if they are from an EU country. This is limited to 25 hours per week if the au pair comes from Bulgaria or Romania. These hours can be spread out over 5 days per week. Longer hours are usually referred to as ‘au pair plus’.

Babysitting: Two evenings babysitting per week are included as part of the programme. Additional pocket money should be paid for any additional evenings.

Childcare: An Au Pair is not permitted to have continuous sole charge of children under the age of two years old.

Light Housework: An Au Pair can take on a range of housekeeping and domestic chores in addition to the childcare. It must be remembered that an Au Pair must remain part of the family rather than a worker or servant and is here to learn English.

Pocket Money: An Au Pair should expect some pocket money which can be from £70 per week for 25 hours, regardless of whether the minimum hours are worked. For 30 hours the minimum should be at least £85 per week.

Room and board: The Au Pair receives full room and board from the family throughout the stay. The Au Pair must have her own private room with a window and not be required to share with children, and she should be given facilities to study.

Leisure time: The Au Pair’s schedule must provide sufficient time to attend language school, and the Au Pair shall receive two free days each week and should be offered one full weekend off per month.

Holiday entitlement: As of September 2010, BAPAA recommends 28 days holiday per 12 month period, including Public Holidays. Pocket money will be paid during this time. The Au Pair should not be forced to take holiday to coincide with the family holiday. Holidays should be mutually agreed between host family and Au Pair.

Travelling Costs: The Au Pair is required to pay their own travelling cost to and from the UK, unless the family chooses to fund this.

Language School and Costs: Au Pairs must be given enough time to attend language school. Your family will help you to find a language course when you arrive but unless you are from an EU country, you may have to pay for the classes yourself. Some families contribute and in some cases fund language school fees as a perk.

Driving:  Some Au Pairs can drive but we advise a couple of driving lessons to ensure they are safe to drive in the UK.

Insurance: EU Au Pairs visiting the UK do not need additional health insurance as they are entitled to use the National Health Service. The Au Pair may also wish to take out additional travel insurance to cover loss of belongings, repatriation in case of accident, death etc.

Childcare Duties:

An Au Pair is not a qualified or experienced child carer and must not be left in sole charge of a child under 2 years old.

  • Taking children to and from school
  • Assisting parents with childcare at home
  • Caring for children before and after school
  • Babysitting

Housekeeping Duties:

  • Washing dishes, including loading and unloading dishwasher
  • Preparing simple meals for children
  • Keeping kitchen tidy and clean, including sweeping and mopping floors
  • Loading and unloading laundry into washing machine
  • Ironing for the family
  • Putting washed clothes away
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Assisting with cooking the family meal
  • Making and changing children’s beds
  • Cleaning children’s bathroom
  • Light shopping (not the entire household shopping)

Caring for Animals

The Au pair might have a special interest in caring for horses and have some experience handling dogs however the standard expectations relating to hours board and lodgings still apply.

For families who have dogs, hosting an Au Pair with some experience around dogs can be a great advantage. The Au Pair can still do some childcare and light housekeeping and in addition can assist with caring for a dog(s).

Dog caring related tasks can include:

  • Feeding dogs
  • Taking dogs out for a daily walk
  • Cleaning the dogs bed

For families caring for horses, hosting an Au Pair with some experience around horses can be a great advantage. The Au Pair can still perform some childcare and light housekeeping and in addition can also assist with horse care.

Horse caring related tasks can include:

  • Feeding and watering horses
  • Taking horses out to the field and bringing them back in again
  • Mucking out stables
  • Riding
  • Cleaning tacks
  • Cleaning saddles
  • Cleaning the yard
  • Preparing horses for competitions
Whilst your Au Pair recognises the need to earn their keep and pocket money to enable them to travel to England and learn the language, it is also essential the host family keep to their obligations to ensure a successful placement is made.

Accommodation:  A clean and habitable furnished bedroom with at least one window and shared or sole use of a bathroom. In most cases Au pairs are provided with a desk and stool in a suitable area to study. Where possible you should provide internet access and use of telephone (by agreement)

Meals: your Au pair must be invited to eat all meals with the family and help themselves to food and drink throughout the day.

Terms: The Au Pair will work 25 – 35 hours per week in return for £70 – £85 pocket money each week and paid in cash to the Au Pair on a weekly basis. The invitation letter you provide your Au Pair with will have your full terms and agreements which were made at before travelling to the UK.

Days off: The Au Pair must have a minimum of 2 full days off per week

Study: The Au Pair must be allowed time to study the language and where preferred, attend an educational establishment.

Family Life: The Au Pair must be included in general family life which includes eating meals with the family, taking the Au Pair on days out and holidays and general day to day family interaction

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