The most important information for host families

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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 we become a host family in Ireland?

Quick Check for host familiesUse the Quick Check to see if your family fulfils the requirements to host an au pair in Ireland.

Entry requirements for au pairs in Ireland

Au pair entryFind out what you need to consider before your au pair arrives (what documents the au pair needs, whether a visa is required etc.)

Costs, working hours, time off etc. in Ireland

Au pair pocket money What can au pairs and host families expect from each other? How much holiday is the au pair entitled to? What are the working hours of an au pair? Find the answers to these questions and more here.

The au pair contract, insurance, driving licence etc. in Ireland

Au pair insuranceDo you have to insure your au pair in Ireland? Is his/her driving licence valid here? Is there a contract to sign? 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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