Au Pair Responsibilities

An au pair is much more than a baby sitter or nanny. An au pair is part of your family and helps with childcare related duties. Hosting an au pair can help your family on many levels. Family member, friend, caregiver, academic tutor, household helper are all ways to describe an au pair. In these tough economic times, hosting an au pair can be a cost saving solution compared to other childcare options as well.

Here are some of the au pair's responsibilities:

  • Preparing meals for children
  • Getting children ready for school
  • Driving children to school and activities
  • Tidying children’s rooms and doing children’s laundry
  • Changing diapers, entertaining babies, feeding babies
  • Taking toddlers to the park and activities
  • Bathing, dressing and putting children to bed
  • Supervising homework

Host families provide au pairs with a weekly schedule allowing them to review the duties and hours for the week. View a Sample Weekly Schedule here.

In accordance with US State Department regulations for au pairs on the J-1 visa program, working hours for au pairs are limited to 45 hours per week and no more than 10 hours per day.  Au pairs are also legally entitled to 1.5 free days per week, as well as 1 free weekend per month.