Au Pair in Ireland

Why Become an Au Pair/Nanny With Cara International?

Legal Placements

Many Au Pairs are unaware of their legal obligations under Employment Law, leaving themselves open to sanctions, including fines and interest. This is because there is a lot of false information, especially on social media and online websites and even with agencies and parental employers.  Cara International helps Au Pairs to navigate the process. We provide the following services.

Self Placed Complete Placed with Cara International Family
Advice on your legal entitlements under the minimum wage Advice on your legal entitlements under the minimum wage
Advice on registering for a Public Service Card Advice on registering for a Public Service Card
Monthly timesheets to track your legal hours worked Monthly timesheets to track your legal hours worked
Au Pair WhatsApp Social Group Membership Au Pair WhatsApp Social Group Membership
Advice on supports if been mistreated Consultation with parents if issues arise
Advice on online English Classes Advice on online English Classes
Advice on Visa to work in Ireland Advice on Visa to work in Ireland
Website and Social Media Marketing of your profile Website and Social Media Marketing of your profile
Monthly Training Modules to help you to be a great Au Pair Monthly Training Modules to help you to be a great Au Pair



How Much Do Au Pairs Earn In Ireland

Income and Benefits

Estimated Wages

Most Au Pairs earn over €100-250 per week plus board and lodgings. Higher rates are negotiable depending on experience and families’ ability to pay. Au Pairs are also entitled to paid annual leave of 8% of hours worked, which equates to about 2 weeks paid leave for every 6 months stay

Minimum Rates 2021 Table
Ages Au Pairs Nannies Live out Disability Carers Elderly Carers/Companions Domestic Cleaners Pet Carers                  
18yrs €8.40 €8.40 €8.40 €8.40 €8.40 €8.40 €8.40
19yrs €9.45 €9.45 €9.45 €9.45 €9.45 €9.45 €9.45
20yrs + €10.50 €10.50 €10.50 €10.50 €10.50 €10.50 €10.50
Qualified/ Experienced €12.90 €12.90 €12.90 €12.90 €12.90 €12.90 €12.90
Minus Deductions
Lodgings per day worked Board per hour worked Cultural Homestay Day Rates
€3.55 0 .94 cents Current estimates are €0-60 per night that you are not working. Rates depend on local market rates and the family’s offered.
Plus Additional Benefits Depending on Individual Arrangements
Collection from the airport or local train/bus station Board & lodgings supplied free on days not working Allowance for the use of the family car in private time
Mobile Phone/ Sim Card Return flights at the end of your stay Friends of Family overnight stays which are agreed in advance
Trips and holidays with the family Gym membership Bus/Train/ Taxi contributions
Free Cara International Training Package Below for Au Pairs placed with Cara International Families Board & lodgings for during of COVID self-isolation period with family Family Pay for PCR testing five days after arrival
Other individual benefits depend on the family Board and Lodgings for friends or family when staying over, if agreed in advance  


Au Pair Training in Ireland


Help to Make your Stay Easier

Cara International offers the following training, WhatsApp Au Pair Group and one life coaching session to Au Pairs.

Home Care Management Healthy Eating Childminder Training
Children First Childcare Guidance Child Safety
Fire Safety Paediatric First Aid Manual Handling
Childhood Education Au Pair Life Coaching ( Extra Cost) Online English Classes (Extra Cost)


Au Pairs that can Legal Work In Ireland

Insurance and Visa

It’s important to have valid insurance with COVID cover when working in Ireland. EU citizens can apply for the European Health Card. Other nationalities will need to have private health insurance to cover them in Ireland. You can work in Ireland with the following visas but please note that student visa applicants can be difficult to place due to the lack of available jobs that fit with student schedules.


Cost of Au Pair Program



Cara International charges a €50 registration fee to cover the cost of administration, translations, marketing, visa information, advice on registering for Public Service Number, advice on completing the application process etc. This is a non-refundable fee. While we market each Au Pair and help get them placement ready, we do not 100 % guarantee placements. We will help you to put together your full application to become an Au Pair.


Cara International charges a €200 fee on confirmation of placement contracts. This fee is for

  • The online training set out above
  • To access our WhatsApp Au Pair Group
  • To provide information on online English Classes
  • One Life Coaching Session with Cara International

Cost of Au Pair Program

Au Pair Life Coaching

Helping you Grow as a Person

Cara International has placed approximately 5000 Au Pairs since 2000, and Au Pairs have reported that they would like an in-country service that offers a Whatsapp group, some training and general advice. We also know that it is challenging for young people with COVID. An Au pair Program is a chance for au pairs to grow. Cara International coaching service can enhance that journey. Our one to one sessions not only offers you an opportunity to practice your English but help you to get fulfilment in every aspect of your life, such as relationships, educational choices, career, health and wellbeing etc.

A bit more about your facilitator/Coach

Caroline holds a BA in Social Care, A Masters in Family Support, A Post Grad in Leadership & Management, and a QQI in Life Coaching and QQI in Training. Caroline won Mayo Business Woman of the Year in 2015 for her business achievements with Cara International.


One session €60

Book six sessions in advance €50 each

Book 10-12 sessions in advance €45 each

Why not book one session per month for the duration of your stay. If interested in our service, email info@carainternational.net

Life Coaching Vouchers available as gifts for your Au Pair at info@carainternational.net