Au pairs have certain duties and responsibilities, and they should all be written down in a contract between you and your host family. Your primary task will, of course, be to take care of the children. The family can also ask you to help with some small chores. Those chores will usually have something to do with the children. Just make sure that this is not your main job if you work as an au pair. Including childcare, you should not be working more than 25 to 30 hours per week.
Au Pair’s Duties
You’ll primarily be looking after your host children, which means that you should:
- Play with them, take them to the park, read with them, etc. In short: entertain them.
- Take your host children to school/pick them up from school
- Help them with their homework
- Depending on the working hours of your host parents (and the age of the children), you might need to help the kids get dressed in the mornings or help them get ready for bed.
- You might also need to bath your host children
Some chores that you might be asked to do:
- Clean the children’s rooms
- Do the children’s laundry
- Prepare meals for the kids (lunch/dinner)
- Empty the dishwasher
- Keep your own room clean
What Au Pairs should NOT be asked to do
- Cleaning private areas of the house, such as the host parents’ bedroom
- Washing and ironing clothes of the entire family
- Cook for the entire family (it should never be a duty, though you can definitely do this if you want to!)
- Clean the toilet
- As an au pair, you only have to take care of your own host children. You’re not responsible for looking after children of friends, neighbours, etc. If your host kid has a play date with a friend, make sure that the parents are okay with you looking after their kids.