Good news for au pairs coming to Germany: The Federal Employment Agency (Bundesagentur für Arbeit) has decided that it is now compulsory for German host families to contribute 50 Euros a month to the cost of their au pair's language course. (Source: Leaflet for German host families).
This regulation applies to all au pair contracts signed after 1st July 2013, provided the au pair requires a visa or comes from Bulgaria, Croatia or Romania. Irrespective of this reform, AuPairWorld fundamentally recommends all host families to contribute towards the costs of the language course - regardless of which country the au pair and host family come from.
Learning the language of the relevant host country is an essential part of the au pair stay. It enables au pairs to get to know new people and integrate better into life in the host country. Also within family life au pairs intergrate much faster when they are able to speak the family's language. In particular, childminding duties can be carried out better, if the au pair can communicate well with the children in their native language.