Au pair vs. Nanny: What are the differences?

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Nannies and au pairs both help with childcare in a family. A nanny is a standard employee and is paid a salary. An au pair is integrated into family life as a temporary family member. The au pair has a room in the family home and eats meals with the family and receives monthly pocket money instead of a salary.

Eine Nanny spielt mit Kindern

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.

Overview of the differences between an au pair and a nanny

Au pair
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.
Working hours
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.

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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