Being an Au Pair in Belgium
An Au Pair must be aged between 18 and 25 years old.
As an Au Pair in Belgium, you will mainly be looking after your host family’s children and help with light housework.
Hosting an Au Pair consequently implies higher living costs. Be aware of the fact that an Au Pair is an additional adult living at your home.
Board & Lodging
An Au Pair is entitled to free board and lodging at your home during the entire stay. The same applies in case of illness and during the Au Pair’s holidays.
Au Pairs in Belgium are entitled to at least 450 euro pocket money per month. Your Au Pair has to open a personal bank account in Belgium so that you can pay his/her pocket money per bank transfer. You are not allowed to give your Au Pair the money in cash.
As a host family, you have to subscribe to a health and accident insurance as well as an insurance for potential repatriation costs for your Au Pair.
In Belgium, Au Pair are not allowed to work more than 4 hours a day (babysitting hours included) and 20 hours per week spread out over a maximum of 6 days a week.
Au Pairs in Belgium are entitled to at least one day off per week and one whole weekend a month. You can agree on this day with your Au Pair. Should your Au Pair insist on a specific day on grounds of religious convictions, please respect his/her choice.
Your Au Pair gets two weeks holiday minimum per 12 months. You can take this value as a basis for calculating the amount of holiday in case of shorter placements.
Your Au Pair needs to be given the opportunity to take part in a Dutch, French or German language course, depending on the language you speak at home. The course has to be offered by an officially recognised institution – private tuition, distance learning courses or private school courses are not accepted. If your Au Pair does not have a basic knowledge of your language before his or her arrival, he/she will have to attend an intensive language course upon arrival in Belgium. As a host family, you will also have to prepare a cultural program for your Au Pair so that he or she can learn more about the country’s culture.