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

You will be hosting an au pair in the Netherlands? Here you will find more information about working hours, pocket money, the au pair contract and more.

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Duration of stay

In the Netherlands, the au pair stay may not exceed one year.


The main responsibilities of an au pair are to provide childcare and to help with light household chores. A daily schedule, in which the au pair's duties are described, will be drawn up with your au pair.


Hosting an au pair will involve additional expenses for your family. After all, you will have another adult living at your home throughout the entire au pair placement.

Board and lodging

An au pair is entitled to free board and lodging at your home during the entire stay. The same applies in the case of illness and during the au pair's holidays.

Pocket money

Au pairs in the Netherlands receive between 300 and 340 euros pocket money per month.

Agency fees

You must go through a recognized au pair agency of the IND (Immigration and Naturalization Office) in order to host an au pair in the Netherlands. A further expense of the au pair stay is therefore the placement fees charged by the agency.


Host families are required to take out a basic health insurance and an au pair insurance on behalf of their au pair.

Language course

Your au pair should be given the opportunity to take part in a language course. As a host family, you are supposed to assist your au pair to find an appropriate language course in your area. You will pay a maximum contribution of 320 euros per year to the language course. The au pair programme in the Netherlands is explicitly designed to promote cultural exchange. Therefore, as a host family you should help your au pair experience Dutch culture through various cultural activities.

Working hours

An au pair in the Netherlands is not allowed to work more than a total of 30 hours a week, 8 hours a day and 5 days a week. Also it is not allowed for an au pair to babysit extra hours or to have a job on the side.

Free time

Au pairs in the Netherlands are entitled to two full days off per week. These days don’t need to be consecutive. However we recommend host families give their au pair at least one full weekend off per month.

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.


Your au pair is entitled to a minimum of 2 weeks paid holiday per 12 months. You can take this value as a basis for calculating the amount of holiday for shorter placements.

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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