Au pair in the Netherlands
Pocket money, working hours, time off etc.

Useful information about pocket money, working hours, time off and other details concerning your au pair placement can be found here.

Placement period

As an au pair in the Netherlands you are allowed to stay for a maximum of one year.


As an au pair, providing childcare and doing light household chores are your main responsibilities. A daily schedule, in which your duties are described, will be drawn up with your host family.

Pocket money

In the Netherlands, you will receive between 300 and 340 euros pocket money per month.

Board and lodging

Besides pocket money, you receive free board and lodging. You are also entitled to board and lodging in cases of illness and during your holiday as well.

Working hours

In the Netherlands, the weekly working schedule of an au pair must not exceed a total of 30 hours. You may never work more than 8 hours a day or more than 5 days per week. Additional babysitting for your host family or taking on a job on the side is also not allowed.

Free time

As an au pair in the Netherlands you are entitled to a minimum of two days off per week; however these days do not have to be consecutive.We do however recommend host families give their au pair a full weekend off at least once a month .


As an au pair in the Netherlands you are entitled to a minimum of 2 weeks paid holiday per 12 months. You and your host families can take this value as a basis for calculating the amount of holiday in case of a shorter placement.

In the Netherlands, there are no official regulations with regard to public holidays for au pairs. We recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays. Only in exceptional cases au pairs should work on public holidays. The host family should discuss this with their au pair beforehand.

Language course/cultural exchange

As an au pair you are entitled to attend a language course. Your host family will assist you in finding suitable offers within their area, and contribute 320 euros per year to your language course. The au pair programme in the Netherlands is explicitly designed for a cultural exchange. Therefore, your host family will help you to experience Dutch culture through various cultural activities.

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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