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

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The au pair contract

You should discuss your mutual expectations together with your au pair prior to their arrival. The different points you agree upon should be included in your written contract. There is no official standard au pair contract in Italy. However, you can download the European contract from our site. You can adapt it according to your requirements.

As there is no official au pair programme in Italy, the Italian government has not appointed any official authority to submit the contract. The contract itself is signed in duplicate: one for the family and one for the au pair. Au pair employments are exempt from social contributions.

Contract termination

The au pair contract can be terminated with a two week notice period. Thus, you will have enough time to find a replacement. At the same time, you can help your au pair find a new host family or organize his or her trip back home. Should serious circumstances make it necessary, you can also terminate the contract with immediate effect.

Health insurance

If your au pair is a citizen of an EU country, and doesn't intend to stay in Italy more than 3 months, their home country's health insurance covers them for this time period. Your au pair should however contact their local health insurance provider, prior to their departure, for more advice on access to health services in Italy. It is important that your au pair brings their European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them, or applies for one before their departure if they don't already have one. Bear in mind that upon receipt of medical treatment your au pair will be required to pay a co-pay fee, known as the « ticket ».

If your au pair is an EU citizen wishing to stay in Italy for longer than 3 months, they should bring their EHIC with them, but they should also find out what options they have for accessing health care in Italy, for example whether or not they can register with the Italian National Health System (SSN). To register with SSN, your au pair needs to have registered at the local Italian town hall (anagrafe), and have a tax identification number (codice fiscale). According to Italian law as a host family you will have to pay a standard registration fee on your au pair's behalf. Get in contact with your local health authority (ASL) for more information.

For au pairs who are either non-EU citizens or unable to register with SSN, individual health insurance should be taken out through a private health insurance company prior to their arrival in Italy. Registration fees for SSN, or the cost of taking out private health insurance, should be beared entirely by the host family.

Driving licence / car insurance

You should clarify with your au pair if they will be expected to drive your car. Should this be the case, you should find out if they are an experienced driver and if their driving licence is valid in Italy. If necessary, your future au pair will have to apply for an international driving licence. What happens in the event of damage? Who bears the costs? This is what you should discuss beforehand and include in your contract.

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 personally with your au pair? In a telephone conversation, you can quickly find out how well you get along with each other. For more tips concerning your personal safety, please click on our Security page.

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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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