Au pairs and host families can terminate the au pair contract at any time by writing an informal letter to the other party. They must adhere to the notice period outlined in the contract, which in most countries is two weeks. In serious circumstances, the au pair contract can be terminated with immediate effect.
If the au pair and host family haven't signed a contract, they should still agree on a fair notice period, which gives each party a plenty of time. Telling the family today that you are leaving tomorrow or casting your au pair out is not a solution.
Most arguments or misunderstandings can usually be solved by having an open and honest talk. That is why terminating the au pair contract should be the last resort.
What do we need to think about when terminating the au pair contract?
Both au pair and host family should organise all of the subsequent steps together. All of the relevant authorities should be informed of the early termination of the au pair contract. This is especially important for those au pairs who are subject to visa requirements. You also need to clarify under what conditions the au pair may stay in the country. The au pair may be able to change host families. Au pairs from EU countries are generally allowed to stay within the EU after the termination of their au pair contract.
You can download a draft of the notice letter here:
- English: Letter for au pairs, Letter for host families
- German: Letter for au pairs, Letter for host families
- French: Letter for au pairs, Letter for host families
- Spanish: Letter for au pairs, Letter for host families
- Italian: Letter for au pairs, Letter for host families