The most important information for au pairs

Please note: In Ireland there is no formal recognition of au pairing as a distinct form of cultural exchange, unlike in most other European countries. In the absence of such recognition, the only relevant official regulations governing the status of young persons in Ireland who have joined Irish families as au pairs are administered by the Workplace Relations Commission. The Workplace Relations Commission views au pairs as workers and the families that host them as employers. On this basis, the WRC maintains that the Minimum Wage regulations detailed here should be applied to au pairs. 
Despite these requirements, we at AuPairWorld continue to view au pairing as a form of cultural exchange that works through integration of a young person into family life. The information provided on these pages and throughout our website is based on this idea.

Can I become an au pair in Ireland?

Do our Quick Check to find out if you can work as an au pair in IrelandUse the Quick Check to see if you fulfil the requirements (e.g. age, nationality, etc.) to become an au pair in Ireland.

How can I become an au pair in Ireland? 
(as an EU citizen, as a non-EU citizen)

Prepare your stay following our step-by-step guideFind out what you need to consider before leaving your country (which documents are needed, whether a visa is required etc.).

Pocket money, working hours, time off etc. in Ireland

Find out more about the practical aspects of au pairing What kind of support does your host family expect from you? How much holiday are you entitled to? Who pays for the language course? Find the answers to these questions and more here.

Don't forget: the au pair contract, insurance etc. in Ireland

Do not forget to sign an au pair contract and to have a valid insuranceDo you have insurance coverage abroad? Is your driving licence valid in your host country? Do you need to sign a contract with your host family? What can you do to ensure your own safety? Find the answers to all these questions here.

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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