Au-pair in Ireland (Dublin)

What is an Au Pair:

An aupair will typically be a young woman and sometimes a young man from a foreign country who chooses to help look after the children of a host family and provide light housekeeping. The aupair is given room and

and board and is typically paid a weekly "pocket-money" salary. Aupairs generally stay with their host family for one year.

Why be an Aupair?:

1. Learn a foreign language!
As au pair you take part in your host family's daily life. You are forced to use the language of your host country and to listen to it during the whole day. Moreover you can train everything you learn at your language school in real life, so that your linguistic skills internalise. Soon you will speak fluently without having to search extensively for words.

2.-Extend your horizon!
The au pair Program offers you the possibility to leave your usual way of life for a certain time and to get to know the lifestyle of other cultures. You will see and learn a lot of new things, you will meet interesting people. The understanding of a foreign culture represents a great enrichment not only for your general education but also for your personality.

3.-Become independent!
By working autonomously within your host family and by taking over the responsibility for the children you learn to make your own decisions and to take on responsibility for other people. These are qualities you need both during your studies and your job.

4.-Combine your stay abroad with a job!
As au pair you have the possibility to finance a longer stay abroad without large expenses of your own and to get to know more than the city you live in. You can travel all over the country during your spare time or during your holidays. Often the host families like to take their au pairs with them to their holidays.

5.Enjoy working with the children!
You love children and you would like to take up a profession that includes the care for children? The au pair stay offers you the possibility to gain experience in looking after children and to improve your qualification for a lot of (social) jobs.

Typical Au-pair duties:

  • dropping the children off at school picking them up from school or after-school activities.
  • helping with homework,
  • assisting in keeping the children’s rooms clean
  • cooking light meals for the children.
What is an ‘Aupair for Seniors’?
Au-pair senior

Traditionally, Au Pairs are foreign students who work for families in exchange for room, board, pocket money and practising their English. Now however we offer not only Au Pair for children but Au Pairs for seniors. This is an Au Pair who would have much the same duties as an Au Pair for children however, in this case they would provide companionship for an elderly person. It is a non-medical, in-home care option for seniors, who need assistance with daily living.

This service is best suited for people who have less acute needs and do not require specialist care and would rather remain in their own home than taking up permanent residence in a residential or nursing home.
We specialise in live – in care only however if you have any other requirements please let us know and we will try our best to accommodate you (this may involve a waiting list).

Should we leave our Aupair in charge of any finances?
Although all our aupairs have a criminal check we nonetheless recommend that the aupairs should not to be involved in any way, shape, or form with our client's financial affairs. We feel confident the reasons for these policies are obvious.

Are the Aupairs vetted?
While we do insist on all aupairs provifing criminal certs we can not check references for each individual aupair. Please note that the onus is on the family to interview and vet the aupair.

Are the Aupairs qualified?
The aupairs will have varied degrees of experience ranging from little or none to quite a bit however please remember We do not provide resident nursing care. Our Aupairs s are on the whole not medically qualified an. Aupairs ‘s priority is to provide companionship and an extra paid of hands around the house. Apse can recommend a list of courses you may ask your aupair to attend should you require special needs.

How Many hours will an Aupair work?
AuPair Companion: This means that he or she works a 30 hour week and receives pocket money of €90 per week.
AuPair Minder: The Aupair will work 35 hours per week and Pocket money is €100 per week.
AuPair Plus: This is where the aupair will work 40 hours per week and receives €115 per week.

Both the au pair Companion and Minder will stay in at least 2 nights and provide evening company for the family member. The Au Pair plus programme will mean at least one night will be spent with the family member.
Please note that the Aupair must be free at least 2 evenings for classes and does require at least one day and night off at the weekend. Aupairs are encouraged to spend every night at home however they are permitted to leave at night when they are not on duty.

What should we pay for?
AuPairs are responsible for paying their own tuition fees, bus/train tickets, mobile phone cards, medical insurance/expenses and airfare. A contribution is sometimes made by the family however please note this is at the family’s discretion only.

House Rules:
You will need to explain your house rules and her/his duties to the au pair in a clear manner. Remember to pay her/his pocket money on time and try to make your arrangements in plenty of time if you need your au pair to stay in with you. If there are house rules in place (smoking, overnight/daytime visitors etc) please make sure to discuss and agree them with your AuPair.

What should the family provide for the Au Pair?

a.- A Private Room (a friendly comfortable room is important) to include TV, stereo, desk with lamp for study purposes, Closet/Wardrobe storage space for clothing and personal items.
b.- Full board and accommodation for 7 days per week
c.- Weekly pocket money
d.- Two full days free per week – one of these can be made up of two half days.
e.- If the Au Pair is required to drive, all expenses i.e. insurance, maintenance, petrol etc. pertaining to the car must be covered by the host family.

Host Family Misconduct – What happens?
The host family needs to be aware that they will be expelled form the Programme for gross misconduct in use of an AuPair. If an exchange programme needs to be terminated, the Host Family will continue to supply room and board and pocket money during the notice period (2 weeks).

What are the typical duties of an Aupair for seniors?
This is a list of some of the duties they can help with:
  • Conversation and Companionship
  • Scrap Book – Reminisce Activities
  • Organise Outings to Church, Neighbours and Shopping
  • To Accompany on Hospital or Doctor Appointments
  • Being Read to or Assisting with Reading
  • Writing Letters, Birthday Cards etc.
  • Sorting Mail, Posting Mail.
  • Playing Games, Puzzles i.e. Cards and Crosswords
  • Assist with Clothing Selection and Personal Grooming
  • Selecting and Renting Movies
  • Trips to the Cinema or Lunch
  • Answering the Phone – Taking Messages
  • Organising and Planning of Daily Activities
  • Arranging and Reminding of any Appointments
  • Assisting with Entertaining
  • Preparing and Serving Meals
  • Making and Changing Beds
  • Washing, Ironing of Clothes and Bed Linen
  • Drop Off and Collection of Dry Cleaning
  • Vacuuming
  • Dusting
  • Washing Up and Mopping of Floors
  • Care of Household Pets
  • Care of House Plants
  • Organising and Cleaning of Presses and Wardrobes
  • Picking up Prescriptions
  • Organising Grocery List
  • Grocery Shopping
  • Putting out the Bins and Tagging of Same
  • Supervision of Medication
  • Assistance with Walking
  • Assistance Going to Bed
  • Assistance Getting out of Bed
  • Daily Confidential Journal which would monitor bodily functions, diet and eating, mood, behaviour, activities accomplished and general well being
There are three different types of AuPairs:

AuPair Companion: This means that the AuPair is in the company of an adult most of the time, normally the mother of the children. She works a 30 hour week and is asked to baby-sit two evenings per week (never more than one evening at the weekend), she has two afternoons and evenings free, plus a day off at the weekend. She receives pocket money of €90 per week.

AuPair Minder: In this case the mother is working part-time, so the AuPair is totally responsible for the children for up to 35 hours per week. Free time is the same for the AuPair Companion. Pocket money is €100 per week.

AuPair Plus: This is where the mother is working full-time so the AuPair is responsible for the children while the mother is away at work. She has, however, only one evening of baby-sitting per week and normally has the whole weekend free. She receives €115 per week for 40 hours per week.

The host family must become familiar with the programme guidelines regarding the number of hours and AuPair Duties. Please email the agency for a list of the guidelines. Or click here to see our agreement form.

Classes for AuPairs:
APSC insist that all the AuPairs come to classes. There can be over 200 AuPairs at any time in the centre, so when a new AuPair arrives, the others will show her around and help her adjust. It is very important that the Host Family encourage classes, as it avoids feelings of isolation and homesickness.

Social programme.
APSC provides outings and excursions for all AuPairs. We encourage the AuPairs to take part once a month.