Au Pairs in the UK

Information for au pairs coming to the UK

Have you ever considered working in the UK? Would you like to improve your level of English? Would you like to discover UK culture and the insights of life in Britain? Then being an au pair is the perfect solution. All the au pair jobs we offer are live-in positions and your host family will offer you a separate room as accommodation, with all bills included and you will receive full board. We place long term au pairs - periods between 6-12 months and also summer au pairs - up to 3 months (available between June and September.) We have several types of au pairs depending on the family's requirements - click here for more information.

What is an au pair? 

The title comes from the French term au pair, meaning "at par" or "equal to", indicating that the relationship is intended to be one of equals. The au pair is intended to become a member of the family, albeit a temporary one, rather than a traditional domestic worker.

Au pairs are young persons, aged between 18 and 29 years old*, coming from a foreign country to live with a host family. You will undertake childcare and light housework tasks, receiving in exchange accommodation, all meals and a weekly allowance called pocket money.

Being an au pair is not all about work. It is about visiting new places, meeting new people, practicing English with native speakers. This is totally different compared to visiting a country as a tourist. This is about living a longer period with a British family, having the opportunity to discover UK from the inside, rather than on the surface. If you would like more information please contact our office in Aberdeen, Scotland.

*The age limit differs from country to country. Candidates coming from the European Union do not have age limit. 
Different types of au pairs

Our services 

Phoenix Au-Pairs places au pairs all over the UK, in both cities and rural areas. Our agency acts solely as an introduction agency, between families and au pairs. The au pairs will not be employed by Phoenix Au-Pairs, they are only introduced to potential families.

We will guide you during the placement process and provide continuous support to both families and au pairs throughout the placement period. We are contactable by email, phone and Facebook. We encourage the au pairs to contact us when you need support or information, as we are here to help.

What to expect from us:
  • All the support you need throughout your placement
  • We're only a phone call/email away!
  • A welcome pack with useful information and our emergency contact number
  • The best service to provide you with the best family to suit your requirements

Au pair duties

These examples are only for guidance. Each family will have their own requirements.
•    Help with children
Childcare is the main responsibility of an au pair.
Examples: Supervision, take children in the park, take them to/from school or nursery, bath them, feed them, cook simple meals, play with them etc.
•    Light housework
Light housework duties should not exceed 20% of the total working time for au pairs and 40% for mother’s helps standard. The light housework relates to any light housework related to the children.
Examples: Hoovering, dusting, mopping, washing dishes, load/unload washing machine, laundry and ironing for the children, cook for the children, cook for the family (very rarely), clean bathrooms etc.
•    Babysitting
You must be prepared to provide 2 evenings babysitting each week (these should be arranged where possible during your working week and be included in your weekly working hours). For clarity, "babysitting" refers to time when you are responsible for children in the evening when they are asleep/about to go to bed. It is not time when you are expected to carry out household duties.
•    Help with pets (not applicable to all families)
When your host family has pets and they need help, we make sure you know this in advance. Duties may include: feeding the pets, help with cleaning, walking the dogs etc.

Time off and holidays

You will have 2 consecutive days off per week. We usually recommend weekends. If the au pair is required to work weekends, they will have 2 consecutive days during the week and at least one full weekend per month.

Minimum paid holiday is 4 weeks per year, or pro-rata for shorter periods. The holiday allowance is expected to be calculated based on the usual weekly pocket money. There is no holiday included for periods shorter than 6 months.

How much will it cost?

Registration and matching the families is free.

We do not charge any placement fees to the candidate we place in the UK.

You will be responsible to pay your travel to UK. The family will pick you up at the airport. If this is not possible, the family will arrange a fare - bus, train or taxi - from the airport to their home. Also, you have to make sure you have enough money to return home.

There is no obligation for you to have medical insurance, however, you can get one if you feel like. General medical services in UK are free, as long as you register with a General Practitioner after you arrive. Please ask your host family to give you advice about this, or contact us for more information.

If you wish to attend language classes, you will be responsible to pay the costs for those.

How to apply

If you have made up your mind, then the next step is to register with us. Please read our terms and conditions before submitting the registration form. To register, you will need to have at reach the following documents (you will need to upload them in the application form):
  • Dear family letter - introduce yourself to potential families
  • Picture of yourself
  • 2 references - at least one related to childcare (if you have more, you can send them via email)
  • Police check - no older than 6 months
  • Medical certificate - no older than 6 months 
If you have all these you can complete our registration form and submit your application now!

Moving to the UK to become and au pair is an exciting prospect. For more information on our au pair jobs contact Phoenix Au-Pairs in Aberdeen, Scotland. 

Call 01975 651 750
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