10 Advantages to Hosting an Au Pair?
- Au Pairs provide the convenience of living in, allowing the flexibility needed within reason to deal with the unexpected such as children’s sick days or school closures due to COVID
- Equally, parents will want to participate in social time out as we return to a new routine. Finding a local live-out babysitter can be a nightmare and expensive when you pay their wages and taxi. It is easy to work with your au pair, so both parents and au pair get some recovery time from childcare
- Another significant advantage of having an au pair is real exposure to other cultures and languages for the parents and children. Equally, there are get advantages for the au pair to exposure to the English language, or indeed the Irish language, customs, and traditions
- Au Pairs are often like a bit sister/brother to the children in the family, providing them with much-needed attention, support, and help such as baking, sports, music lessons, and much more. They can also support the children in doing household tasks
- Au Pairs can help with household tasks, cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc.
- Au Pairs are an excellent solution for shift workers, particularly those working in health and social care
- Au Pairs can provide a sense of security for that parenting alone by having another person in the home
- Au Pairs add real value to a family at a relatively low cost of just €8.16 for an 18-year-old, 9.16 for a 19-year-old, and 10.20 for 20-year-old minus deductions for board and lodgings
- Au Pairs have some childcare experience, but with Cara International’s induction and training, au pairs can be a real asset for a family, providing months of stability
- Cara International takes the work out of recruiting, vetting, and HR compliance so your family can have a successful au pair experience
Can Au Pairs Be Paid Pocket Money?
No, au pairs and childminders who come into your home to mind children or family members have to be paid the Minimum wage under The Minimum Wage Act 2000. Families much comply with several pieces of legislation, The Working Time Act 1997, The Payment of Wages Act 1991, PAYE Regulation 2019 and Section 2(4) of the Employment Permits Act 2003. The Domestic Worker Code Of Practice & Citizens Advice provides more details
Examples of Cases
Complainant compensation €5,931.32
Complainant compensation €4,800
Complainant compensation €4,947.05
Complainant compensation €4000
Complainant compensation €31,486
Can my home be inspected?
Several agencies including the Guards can be involved in inspections as set out in the Work Place Relation Commission