Being an Au Pair in Germany
An au pair must be aged between 18 and 24 years old.
The au pair takes part in the host family’s normal household tasks. Mostly this means child care and light household duties. Work contents need to be agreed upon by the host family and the au pair.
Accommodating an au pair results in higher living costs. After all, an additional adult will be living with you throughout the placement period.
Board and lodging
An au pair receives free board and lodging throughout his/her entire stay. The same applies in case of illness and during the au pair holiday. Providing the au pair with a separate room with a window is considered as an important standard pre-requisite. The room should be lockable, heatable and have a dimension of at least 8 square metres.
An au pair receives a monthly pocket money of 260 euros – also in case of illness or while the au pair is on holiday.
Normally, the au pair bears the costs of the journey to the host country and back home by himself/herself.
Arranging the time for carrying out household chores can be done according to the family’s habits and needs. The au pair is not supposed to work more than 6 hours a day and 30 hours a week, including babysitting.
Your au pair is entitled to one day off per week. Once a month, this day should be a Sunday. As a host family, you should make sure that your au pair has at least 4 evenings off each week.
An au pair is entitled to 4 weeks of paid holiday, provided that the au pair placement in planned for an entire year. Should you go on a holiday and should your au pair resume his/her regular duties such as babysitting, this is considered as work for your au pair. Accompanying the host family on their holiday does not count as an au pair holiday, unless the au pair has less duties and is not obliged to be available at all times.
Your au pair should attend a language course in order to improve the language of his/her host country. The au pair pays the fees by himself/herself. As a host family, you can help your au pair find an appropriate course.
Costs are tax-deductible
The costs of the au pair placement can be deducted from your taxes. Attention: The pocket money should be transferred to your au pair’s bank account in order to be acknowledged.