How to help your Au Pair to settle in Ireland

1. Write the daily routine down for all the children. If the Au Pair is not sure she can always go back to read it.

2. Make a book of house rules that the Au Pair can read.

3. Make her aware that she can come to you with any issue. If an issue arises please confront it as it is better to do it sooner rather than later.

4. Let her know a week in advance of her hours so she can make plans. I know this may not be possible if you work shift work but I am sure if you explain every scenario with her she will understand

5. It takes 2-3 weeks to settle in. Week 1 is normally the learning week and they tend to take everything on board. Week 2 is normally their 1st full week working. They are tired after this week and get a bit home sick. Week 3 is when they know their surroundings, the children’s routine and they are comfortable with the transition.

It does take take for both Au pair and the family to get to know each other.

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What is an Au Pair?

An Au Pair is a person (usually aged between 18 and 35 years) coming from another country to help a family with childcare and light housework while staying as a guest with the family. The au pair receives pocket money. In addition she can improve her language skills and learn about the culture and lifestyle of the country.


Au Pair’s Working Hours

Usually 30 – 45 Hours including 1 Night baby sitting

Time Off

Au Pairs should have Sundays free and one other day.

Pocket Money

€100-150 per week.


In addition to childminding your au pair will also assist with light housework (tidying, vacumning, preparing meals, laundry, etc).


The Au Pair will require her own bedroom, fully furnished with adequate heating.

English Classes

Au Pairs have to be available to do English classes. Normally the classes are on twice a week.

Contact us for a list of classes in your area.

Set up weekly roster

Let Au Pairs know a week in advance what hours they are working if possible. This causes less confusion and everyone can work around the roster

Talk about issues

If issues arise sort them out straight away. There can be many issues such as home sickness or general misunderstandings. Au Pairs should be treated as part of the family

House Rules

Make a set of house rules. Every house hold is different and so are the Au Pairs.

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There is a real balance required between taking your time to find the right au pair that is right for your family and acting quickly when you do find a great au pair, as great au pairs can be selected by other families very quickly.