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Au Pair Responsibilities

Welcoming an au pair to your family means you are receiving a cultural exchange experience like no other while getting assistance with child care in a way that enables you and your children to live a more relaxed life. No rushing off to daycare when the caretaker is just down the hallway.

That said, understanding the responsibilities of having an au pair may seem a little vague. We try to clearly answer the question: "What does an au pair do?"

An au pair's job description is multi-faceted and will vary somewhat depending on a family's needs. Here are some typical au pair responsibilities included in an au pair's job description:


  • waking the children
  • dressing infants and toddlers
  • bathing and playing with the children
  • preparing meals for the children
  • looking after the children's belongings
  • making the children’s beds and straightening their rooms
  • doing the children's laundry
  • cleaning up the kitchen after the children eat
  • straightening up the playroom once playtime is over
  • driving children to and from school, appointments or outings as requested by the host family
  • stay at home with the children when the children are sick or on holidays (for au pairs on the standard or Extraordinaire programs)

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