Where does my au pair live?
As a host family, you will be required to provide your au pair with a private bedroom in your home.
How much do I pay my au pair?
$195.75 is the minimum weekly stipend for Regular Program participants. You may pay your au pair more than this amount but under no circumstance can your au pair receive a stipend of less than $195.75 per week, unless you are participating in the EduCare Program. $146.81 is the minimum weekly stipend for EduCare Program participants. The weekly stipends for the Regular Program and EduCare Program are directly connected to the federal minimum wage. The au pair stipend is based on a US Department of Labor’s formula that includes credit for the room and board that host families provide for their au pairs. The room and board credit currently is 40% of an au pair’s credited compensation.
What will my au pair’s schedule look like each week?
One of the many benefits of hosting an au pair is that you will set her schedule each week based on your family’s needs. However, Regular Program au pairs are limited to working no more than 45 hours per week and 10 hours per day and EduCare Program au pairs are limited to working no more than 30 hours per week and 10 hours per day. Another important thing to note is that your au pair receive at least 36 consecutive hours off each week, and one full weekend off each month. You must also provide your au pair with at least two weeks of paid vacation during her program year.
How long will my au pair be with my family?
Your au pair will be in your home for the duration of her year-long program, with the option to extend for an additional year. This means, that your au pair’s immigration status will allow her to work for and provide childcare services only to you.
What if it doesn’t work out?
If you no longer wish to continue with your au pair, you can end your placement at any time by providing two weeks written notice. Through the transition, both your Local Representative and your Regional Representative will provide you with guidance and support in either searching for a replacement au pair, or processing a refund based on the amount of time remaining in your placement.