An au pair, generally a young, unmarried person of foreign nationality, lives with a host family and is in charge of childcare and sometimes light housework in the household. Au pairs carry out their duties in exchange for housing, a small allowance, or pocket money (generally €350 or more per month,) and interpersonal experience in a foreign country.
Working as an au pair is a great way to be immersed in the Roman community, but the au pair must also be ready to dedicate much of her time to the children. Often, parents expect the au pair to communicate with the children in their mother tongue language; hence, an au pair does not necessarily have to be fluent in Italian.
At the moment, there is a high demand for mother-tongue English speaking au pairs in Rome, especially during the summer months. During the holidays, many Roman families vacation to Tuscany, the seaside, or other surrounding regions and happily bring the au pair along.
Au pairs are not professional nannies and generally should not be responsible for infants or children under two years old. An au pair is usually expected to fulfill a temporary position spanning from a few months, or up to two years.
The ideal au pair has had experience with children, is roughly between the ages of 18 and 27, and has a valid visa, or is a citizen of the European Union.
European Committee for Au Pair Standards : http://www.ecapsweb.eu
If you want to register as an au pair or as a family, you can contact:
You can also consult:
Usually agencies will ask registration fees from the family, the au pair or both.
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