Au Pair Qualifications
Agent Au Pair’s au pairs are pre-screened and held to the highest standards. The rigorous admissions process requires au pairs to complete a comprehensive background screening including verifiable childcare experience and passing strict requirements to be accepted into our program.
An Agent Au Pair representative interviews each of our au pair candidates in person. Au pairs must pass a psychometric test, submit a detailed background check and provide a history of childcare experience, skills, and training. All potential au pairs must submit 2 non-family childcare references, a character reference, physician's report, proof of completion of secondary school and a letter explaining why they want to be an au pair. Our screening process is set up to ensure that only the most mature, responsible, and caring individuals are accepted into the program.
All au pairs must meet the following requirements mandated by the U.S. Department of State in addition to our Agency’s screening:
- Speak and write conversational English
- Be willing to share your culture and learn about others
- Be willing to commit to 12 months in the U.S.
- Agree to having a background check performed
- Have at least 6 months childcare experience (or at least 200 hours caring for infants - to care for infants)
- Be able to provide 3 non-family local references regarding experience and character
- Possess a driver's license (or be ready to get one)
- Be in good physical condition as evidenced by a Physician's Report
We offer multiple au pair program options, including
- One year au pair program
- Infant care au pairs
- Au pair extension
- Au Pair Pro program
- Educare au pairs
- Repeat au pair program
Please see our program options page for further details.
The matching process is highly personalized and specific to each host family. Our experienced placement manager collaborates with families to help find the right match each time.
Once your host family application is complete, a placement manager will be assigned to you to work closely with you throughout the process. She will evaluate your specific needs and criteria while searching our database for the perfect au pair.
For example, you may be seeking an experienced driver who speaks fluent German, or you may be open to the language of the au pair as long as she has experience caring for a 6 month old baby at least 40 hours per week. Or perhaps you are seeking a very sporty male au pair, or even an in-country or extension au pair who has lived in the USA for one year already. In any case, we will search through our available profiles of pre-screened au pairs and introduce you to those who best fit your criteria.
Agent Au Pair employs a pre-screened, exclusive matching process where we pre-select our top candidates for your family based on your criteria. You have exclusive viewing of those au pair profiles for a limited amount of time in order to consider their qualifications and interview them. This means that no other families are viewing them at that time. If you like a candidate, you can “pursue” the candidate, or if not, “release”them. If you “release” a candidate, a new one is sent right away. The process continues until you have selected your au pair.
Most host families contact the au pair via email and set up a Skype call if they are interested in further contact. The family and au pair will continue the “conversation” for about a week or so, then the host family will decide to “match” with the au pair, or “release” the au pair and continue the process. As you review candidates, you can always adjust your criteria along the way. Keep in mind however, that the more open the criteria, the larger the “pool” of au pairs.
The placement manager also provides tips for matching and possible inquiries for the au pair to get a better picture of her personality. She is available for feedback and assistance throughout the process.
"Pre-Matched" Au Pairs
If you have a “Pre-Matched” au pair (also known as a “Direct Placement”), we can assist you as well. “Pre-Matched” au pairs are au pairs that the host family “sourced” on their own through friends or relatives abroad. In this case, the host family does not go through the matching process, however all other procedures are the same. The host family simply provides the au pair's contact information in the home country, and we handle the rest. Please inquire to find out more about our “Pre-Match” process.