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What is an au pair?

An au pair is a girl or a boy, aged between 18 and 26, residing abroad, who will in return for cost and living and a monthly pocket money of min. 450€, take care of your children and small housekeeping duties.

The au pair hosted by your family will have the opportunity to learn another language, experience another culture, perfect his/her childcare skills and foster his/her general development.

The host family will get acquainted with the culture and the habits of their au pair. Moreover your children will develop spontaneously an open mindset towards other cultures and could also learn another language.

Such cultural exchange is a unique experience for the au pair as well as for you and your family.

To qualify as an au pair from a legal point of view, the au pair should also meet the following conditions:

  • have followed school education to the age of 17 at least
  • at least have a basic knowledge of the common language of his/her host family or agree to acquire this basic knowledge after his/her arrival in Belgium by following intensive language courses
  • provide a clean police record and a medical certificate (only for non-European au pairs)
  • follow language courses during the au pair placement
  • agree to not accept any other employment during the au pair placement