An au pair is in charge of taking care of the
children. He or she will get food and accommodation provided by the family free
of charge, and a small allowance in addition (sort of pocket money - about 600
CHF/month). The family must also allow the au pair her time off. During time
off, the au pair is free for what she wants to do: learning a language
at school or lazing around in Geneva.
Au pairs are not professional child minders and will not be a qualified nanny.
Au pairs should not be responsible for children under 2 years of age.
There are no set conditions to become an au pair in Geneva. However,
one will probably prefer girls (it can be boys... but it's rare) between
18 and 30, citizens of the European Union (The residence permit is given
by the Cantonal Office of
population - OCP - and only citizens from the European Union, USA, Canada
- non French speaking, Australia and New Zealand are allowed to apply) and
experience with children is likely to be demanded.
The minimum is 2 months and the au pair cannot stay
more than 2 years.
What the au pair must know
She will have to take care of the children, i.e.:
- speak the language, at least enough to understand and talk,
- be sure they get up on time; dress the children/ensure the children dress
- take them to school/nursery/activity classes...,
- play with them,
- be in charge of their meals,
- tidy up their rooms,
- be free to baby-sit them if needed, some evenings.
What the family has to do
The family has to welcome the au pair in thinking that she is not an
employee but a home help for the children. Therefore they will make sure:
- the au pair must have her own bedroom,
- the au pair will work to a maximum of 40 hours
per week She should have minimum 2 days (2 x 24 hours) off during the week
(make available the au-pair's agreed free time and days off),
- they understand that having an au pair doesn't mean someone who is
going to do the housework, the dishes....etc. However au pairs may
be asked to do some housework, especially related to the children,
- medical insurance will have to cover the au pair in case of sickness or
- the family pay an allowance (pocket money) each week,
- it may be good to register the au pair with the family GP,
- Her possessions should also be registered on the house insurance.
- The au pair will be declared at the Office
Cantonal de la population (OCP) within the first 2 weeks. This office
is in charge of delivering a residence
permit (work permit L)
The OCP will send the form to the Office de la Main d'Oeuvre Etrangère (foreign
work force office), 7 rue des Battoirs, 1205 Geneva. This office will check
whether the familly complies with the necessary criteria for employing an au
If you want to register as an au pair or as a family, you can
You can also consult:
You will find also information on the website Centre
d'Accueil Genève International with details of écoles
Didac providing courses for young au pair.
Usually agencies will ask registration fees from the family, the au pair
For transfrontaliers/transborder residents (resident in France, working
in Geneva or looking for work in Switzerland) it is possible to find information
at the Maison