Nannies usually have a professional education in the field of childcare and household management and therefore they typically have more experience than au pairs.
In addition, a nanny does not have to come from another country, but an au pair does. The main objective behind an au pair stay (in addition to childcare) is a mutual cultural exchange between au pair and host family, which benefits both parties.
|Au pairs are usually between 18-30 years old.
|There are no age restrictions for nannies.
|The main responsibility of au pairs is to help the host family with childcare and light housework.
|Nannies usually take care of the family's children and housework.
Work permit/ visa
|In many countries there is a special au-pair visa. In some countries no visa is required (European au-pairs in the EU).
|Nannies, who would like to work abroad need in most cases a work permit or a visa. Most nannies work in their own country.
|The maximum working hours of an au pair depends on the host country and should be stipulated in a contract.
|Working hours are discussed with the family and are determined by the labour laws of the country.
Relation to family
|The au pair is a temporary family member.
|The nanny is employed by the family.
|The au pair receives monthly/weekly pocket money from the host family.
|A nanny is paid by the family and earns at least the minimum wage of the respective country.
Video: Nanny vs. au pair: the differences
How does an au pair actually differ from a nanny? Benedetta explains these differences in this video.
Nanny vs. au pair: the differences