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What Is An Au Pair In Ireland?

First and most important. Cara International service is completely free for Au Pairs provided you complete our vetting process.
An Au Pair in Ireland works as family support, helping to care for the children and with various household chores
such as cooking or tidying and cleaning. Au Pairs in Ireland are live-in childminders and paid the
national minimum wage. In addition to this all Cara International Au Pairs receive a free online training course to help you to do a great job when you are on placement.
So how much can you earn?
18-year-olds receive €7.84 per hour, 19-year-olds receive  €8.82 and if 20 years and over your receive €9.80 per hour.
All our au pairs receive the following: complete family application with references, photos of the family, their home and the au pairs bedroom. The families provide a detailed job description and employment terms which you both agree before arrival. Also, the family submit monthly sign timesheets, which you sign to record your hours worked. In addition, Cara International has collated step by step online training for each month of your stay. Training includes: Paediatric First Aid, Children's First child Protection and Welfare Training, Children's Safety, Food Safety and much more. We also have a unique Facebook group in which you can meet other au pairs placed by Cara International during your stay.


What You Need

To become an Au Pair in Ireland with Cara International you need a few things. Firstly you will need to fill out our registration form. After this is done we will contact you via email in order to find out what kind of preferences  you may have and acquire any further documentation we may need for the programme, we will assist you in gaining the necessary documents. All Au Pairs are required to write a letter to the family addressing their goals during their stay and to add a photo/photos to their application which will be shared with the family. All Au Pairs are required to get a medical cert from their doctor stating that the Au Pair is safe to work with children and a police check from their local police stating that they have no previous convictions.


What You Get

When becoming an Au Pair in Ireland you get a few things:

  • Somewhere to live, pocket money to enjoy yourself when not working
  • Experiencing what its like being part of an Irish family
  • Integrating into Irish culture
  • Getting to meet people from all different nationalities

Being an Au Pair in Ireland isn't all about minding kids and house work. There are a number of advantages to being an Au Pair outside of the home. As an Au Pair you are free to enjoy your time as you wish outside your work hours. You can experience the culture, meet other Au Pairs, travel all across Ireland and much more.



As an Au Pair you have some responsibilities, your number one priority is caring for the children, but other responsibilities include helping with household choirs, honouring work hours and being respectful to the household rules.



So how much can you earn?
18-year-olds receive €7.84 per hour, 19-year-olds receive  €8.82 and if 20 years and over your receive €9.80 per hour.


Who is eligible to work in Ireland?

Who is eligible to work in Ireland? 
All EU passport holders, Working Holiday participants and Student Visa participants (see details below).
Working holiday visa participants from the following countries
Ireland has working holiday arrangements with the following countries
Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea, Taiwan and the USA.
Working Holidays Visa for Ireland
Argentines Applicants
Australia Applicants
Canadian Applicants
Chilean Applicants
Hong Kong Applicants
Japanese Applicants
New Zealand Applicants
South Korea Applicants
Taiwan Applicants
USA Applicants
Please read visa requirements to check eligibility for USA citizens to work in Ireland.




To be an Au Pair with Cara International in Ireland is absolutely free, however, we do warn you that registering is a commitment and you should fallow through on your placement if you decide to register. When you register with us we ensure you have the safest placement possible, this includes: data processing, documentary translations, regular check ins, safe host family vetting and training for you, the Au Pair.



Sufficient Level of English

Good Health

Clean Police Record

Experience In Childcare


4 Simple Steps

Application Form

Fill out your application form, it is important to have all your documentation for this, including a police check, medical clearance and a valid passport. You can also send this at a later date but it is important to have this information as soon as possible.

Receive Offers

After we have reviewed your application and all your information is in order you we will begin to send you family offers. Once we find a match where you and the family both agree, you will have an interview and if all goes well you will be accepted as the family's au pair and arrange a start date

Begin Your Placement

After you join your family you will be billed for the matching process. Once payed and you arrive in your new host family and be added to our system. You will also be added to our training programme which is mandatory and paid for by your host family (This is not available for girls placed in the UK unless requested by the girl)

End Of Stay

When your placement comes to an end we will send you our end of stay questionnaire and you will be required to send us a copy of your flight details to confirm that you have left the family.

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