Au Pair Responsibilities
An au pair is much more than a baby sitter or nanny, they become part of your family. An au pair can be described as a family member, friend, caregiver, academic tutor, and household helper.
In accordance with U.S. Department of State regulations for au pairs on the J-1 visa program, au pairs can work up to 45 hours a week, no more than 10 hours a day. Au pairs are also legally entitled to 1.5 free days per week, as well as one free weekend a month.
The responsibilities of an au pair can include tasks such as:
- Waking the children up and getting them ready for school
- Preparing meals and snacks for the children
- Driving the children to school and activities
- Cleaning up after the children and doing the children’s laundry
- Changing diapers, entertaining babies, feeding babies
- Taking toddlers to the park and activities
- Bathing, dressing and putting children to bed
- Helping the children with their 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.