The Au Pair's obligations may vary depending on the family, so it is very important that the Au Pair and the family agree, before the Au Pair starts her/his stay, on the tasks the Au Pair shall perform, it being recommended that a weekly planning be prepared, stating the pertinent tasks. Furthermore, such tasks will be included in the Au Pair agreement, which must be signed by both parties.
In general, the Au Pair's obligations shall mainly comprise taking care of the children and carry out simple house tasks. The total weekly hours dedicated to these services shall not exceed four-six hours per day (25-40 hours per week, according to the type of Au Pair placement programme selected), including babysitting 1-2 nights per week, if so required by the family.
Among the main tasks related to the kids, we may state the following:
Dress them up
Take them to and pick them up from school
Help them with their homework
Play with them and read stories/books to them
Take them out for a walk, to the swimming-pool, to play sports, to the cinema, etc.
Bath them and get them ready to go to bed
Be creative and involve kids in any activities which will stimulate their growth and development
Help with the language
Once or twice a week, babysit
The main house tasks accepted to be performed by the Au Pair are:
Load the dishwasher and clean the dishes
Prepare simple meals for the children
Iron the children's clothes
Operate the washing machine and peg out washing
Keep the kitchen clean and tidy
Change the children's bed sheets
Keep the Au Pair's bedroom and bathroom clean and tidy
Empty garbage cans
Feed the pet and take it out for a walk, if so agreed
Do any required daily shopping
As an example of tasks not accepted to be performed by the Au Pair and which, therefore, cannot be required by the family, we may find the following, among others: clean windows, deep house cleaning, take care of the garden, wash the car, do the weekly shopping, train pets, make the parents' bed, iron the parents' clothes, cook for the entire family, clean the parents' bathroom, etc.
Among the benefits brought by being an Au Pair, we'd like to underline: