Taking care of your host family's children, along with doing some light household chores are all part of an au pair's duties, which you should set out with your family in the au pair contract. You need this written contract in order to apply for a residence permit. You can, for example, use the general European au pair contract for this purpose, as Finland does not have its own national au pair contract.
Au pairs in Finland receive monthly pocket money of at least 280 Euros net from their host family. Taxes must be paid on this amount because this pocket money is viewed as income in Finland.
In exchange for your help with the children and light housework, you are also entitled to free board and lodging for the entire duration of your stay including periods of illness.
The Finnish government specifies a maximum working time of 30 hours per week for au pairs - including time spent babysitting in the evening. You should not work more than 5 hours per day.
Au pairs are entitled to at least one full day off per week. Once a month this day off must be on a Sunday. The host family should also provide enough free time for you to participate in a language course and to improve your cultural knowledge and professional capabilities.
Finland has no specific regulations concerning the amount of holiday an au pair is entitled to. We therefore recommend that you come to an agreement with your host family well in advance. Our recommendation: Au pairs are usually entitled to a two-week holiday if they stay with their host families for six months in total. Use this as guide for calculating your holiday time together with your host family.
In Finland, 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.
As an au pair in Finland you must attend a Finnish or Swedish language course.
Useful links for language courses:
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