What should be included in the au pair contract?
The first section of the contract specifies the general conditions of the stay:
- Duration of the stay
- Language that the au pair will be speaking together with the host family
- Starting date of the au pair stay
The second section gives information about the host family and its obligations to the au pair:
- General information about the family, including the children
- Information about the place where the family lives and the room available for the au pair
- Pocket money paid to the au pair
- Free time and holidays of the au pair
- Details regarding au pair insurance
The third section specifies the duties of the au pair:
The period of notice for terminating the au pair contract should also be specified. Any additional miscellaneous agreements between the au pair and the family can also be included in this section.
Who should prepare the au pair contract?
Usually the host family will draft the au pair contract. To get ready for this, the au pairs and the host family should discuss the various points that will be included in the contract (pocket money, tasks, hours, etc.). Then the host family will typically prepare a draft version of the contract including these points. The au pair can then review the draft contract and give her/his okay. Only then should the contract be printed and signed by the au pair and the family. Both parties should get a copy of the contract, which can then be used tas needed in connection with travel or visa arrangements.
Under no circumstances should an au pair start working without an au pair contract. If your host family suggests that you you begin your au pair stay without a contract, then please contact us.
When should the au pair contract be drafted?
The au pair contract is prepared and signed before the au pair stay begins. This way there is enough time to discuss arrangements and reach a mutually acceptable agreement - or to decide that the family or au pair is not the right one and that your respective expectations do not match sufficiently to plan an au pair stay together.
Is there an official contract for the au pair stay?
Some countries, such as Germany, France or Belgium have an official au pair contract that must be used. In others, the European au pair contract template can be used and is widely accepted for bureaucratic purposes.
Au pair contract provisions for different host countries
Au pair contracts for other countries
If you need a contract for another country not listed here, we recommend using the template for the standard European au pair contract, which can then be adjusted for your particular requirements.
How do I find a suitable au pair?
How to prepare for your first au pair