Au pairs are aged between 17 to 27 and their chief purpose for being in the country is to learn the language and assimilate the culture.
An au pair generally lives with you (please refer guidance notes) and should be treated as part of the family. Au pairs earn board and lodging and a small amount of money each week in return for childcare and light housework.
Many people tend to lump nannies and au pairs into the same category but they are totally different. Au pairs are NOT nanny-substitutes, and usually have no formal childcare training. The Recruitment and Employment Confederation stipulates that au pairs should never have sole charge of children under the age of two.
An au pair should have their own bedroom and be allowed proper time to study English.