As an au pair, providing childcare is your main responsibility. Furthermore, the host family can ask you to do some light housework. All the tasks you will be asked to do have to be defined in the official au pair contract and cannot be changed by you or your host family afterwards.
In Belgium, you are entitled to at least 450 euros pocket money per month, which has to be deposited to your bank account. Therefore, you will have to open a personal bank account after your arrival. You are entitled to the full amount of monthly pocket money in cases of illness and during your holidays.
The host family will also have to subscribe to a health and accident insurance as well as an insurance for potential repatriation costs for you.
Besides pocket money, you receive free board and lodging. You are entitled to food and accommodation in cases of illness and during your holiday as well. You will also have your own bedroom and key to the house.
In Belgium, you are not allowed to work more than 4 hours a day (babysitting hours included) and 20 hours per week spread out over a maximum of 6 days a week.
As an au pair in Belgium, you are entitled to at least one day off per week. You can choose your day off in agreement with your family. However, if you need a specific day off due to your religious convictions, the host family will have to respect your choice.
Au pairs' holiday entitlement is not regulated in Belgium. However, we recommend that for 12 months of work, an au pair receives a minimum of 2 weeks holiday. You can use this as a reference if you are staying with your host family for less than 12 months. Speak to your host family in advance about how much holiday time you will receive. It is important to know that au pairs are entitled to pocket money during their holidays as well.
In Belgium, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.
Au pairs from non-EU countries have to attend a language course during their stay. According to the region where you will be staying , you have to take part in a Dutch, French or German language course. The course has to be offered by an officially recognised institution – private tuition, distance learning courses or private school courses are not accepted. If you do not have a basic knowledge of the host country's language before your arrival, you will have to attend an intensive language course upon your arrival in Belgium. Your host family will also have to prepare a cultural programme for you so as to allow you to learn more about the country's culture.
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