The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc.

This page will provide you with information on the au pair contract, insurance, driving licence and your general safety in the context of the status as a "stagiaire aide familial étranger".

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The au pair contract

The au pair contract defines both your and your au pair's rights and duties. You need to duly fill in and sign it together with your au pair before they leave their own country.

Furthermore, you must have your au pair contract validated by the DIRECCTE, should your au pair be a citizen of a country outside the EU. In this case, you should follow the information on our page How to host an au pair from a non-EU country step by step.

Notice of termination
The French contract is signed for the duration of the au pair placement. However, it is possible to withdraw from the contract at any time. According to the European Agreement on the Au Pair Placement, both contracting parties should observe a two weeks' notice period to allow for sufficient time to search for a new host family or organize the trip back home. In serious cases, it is possible to cancel the contract with immediate effect.
Please note: should your au pair leave your family earlier than originally intended, you must inform your local DIRECCTE and/or URSSAF correspondingly.

Health insurance and Social Security

In France au pairs must be fully covered by Social Security in case of illness, work accident or maternity.
They obtain a corresponding Social Security number which entitles them to benefit from Social Security benefits.

For this purpose you need to register your au pair as a "stagiaire aide familial étranger" with your local CPAM and URSSAF within 8 days upon their arrival. Your au pair will obtain a Social Security number which must be indicated in case of illness.  Every three months the URSSAF will provide you with the so-called DNS (Déclaration Nominative Simplifiée) which allows you to calculate the employer's contributions paid for your au pair (approximately 200 EUR). They are neither tax deductable, nor subject to benefits from the French family benefits office CAF (Caisse des Allocations Familiales).
Please turn to your URSSAF to find out the exact monthly amount you need to include in your au pair contract.

Other types of insurances

Since the costs for medical treatment are not fully covered by the Social Security, it is highly recommended to take out a supplementary private insurance for your au pair. You will find more information on this topic reading our interview with an expert on French insurance.

Driving and driving licence

You should clarify with your au pair beforehand if they are expected to drive. Should this be the case, you should find out if they are an experienced driver. Please ensure that your au pair's driving licence is valid in France. Should this not be the case, they will have to apply for an international driving licence. You will find more information on this topic on the web pages of the French Road Safety Authority. It is also a good idea to clarify the questions: who is held liable in the event of damage or loss? Will your insurance be extended to your au pair? We recommend that you contact your insurance company beforehand to ask whether your insurance can be extended to your au pair.

How to be on the safe side

  • We strongly recommend you to discuss all important details concerning the au pair placement with your future au pair well in advance. On the following page you will find some useful questions you should ask your au pair.
  • Have you already spoken on the phone to find out if you get along well with each other? Find out what else you can do for your safety on our Security page.

Useful links:

URSSAF: Information on the status of an au pair, registration with the Social Security Service and payment of contributions
DIRECCTE: list of regional DIRECCTE units in France

We are continually researching and updating our host country information, but cannot guarantee that all material provided is complete and correct. If you notice gaps or inaccuracies, we would like to hear from you.

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