Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

You are interested in topics such as working hours, time off, pocket money, holiday and language course? The following page provides you with the most important information concerning the au pair stay in France.

Placement period

Participating in the programme, you can be an au pair in France for 3 to 12 months. According to the French au pair contract, the au pair stay can be extended to a total of 24 months.


In exchange for board and lodging you will take care of your host family's children and help them by taking over light household duties. Prior to starting off on your journey, you should talk to your host family about the typical tasks you will have to carry out. Your exact tasks need to be included in your au pair contract.

Pocket money

According to the French regulations au pairs from a non UE country are entitled to at least 320 € pocket money per month and EU au pairs receive monthly pocket money between 271.50 € and 325.80 €. You need to define the precise amount you agreed upon with your host family in your au pair contract.

Board and lodging

In exchange for your help with the children and light housework, you are entitled to free board and lodging. As you are considered a member of the family, you will get an individual room.

Working hours

The time an EU au pair dedicates to tasks around the house and children must not exceed 5 hours per day and 30 hours per week, babysitting included. Au pairs from a non EU country are not allowed to work more than 25 hours per week, babysitting included. Your working hours need to allow you to participate in a French language course or a course about French culture and civilisation.

Free time

You are entitled to at least one full day off per week. Once every month, this day should be a Sunday.


There are no specific regulations concerning the holiday an au pair is entitled to. We therefore recommend that you come to an agreement with your host family well in advance. Au pairs are usually entitled to a two-week holiday if they stay with their host families for six months in total. You may use this value to individually calculate your holidays. You should include all details you have agreed upon with your host family under paragraph 4.2 of your au pair contract.

French course

It is compulsory for EU au pairs to participate in a French course. However we also advise non-EU au pairs to attend a language course during their stay. You will need to bear the cost of this course. However, your host family should enroll you in the course. After all, they know their way around their own city. Language courses are offered by universities, adult education centres and other organisations. You can take a course which lasts an entire year, term or summer.

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