Hosting An Au Pair

An au pair is an unmarried young adult aged 18 to 30 years, who has no children and travels to London for a defined period of time to live with a host family. The au pair is considered as a full member of the family during the entire stay. As such, he or she helps the family with childcare and can be asked to assume some light household tasks. In return, the host family provides free board and lodging, as well as pocket money. Tgnc au pair’s come with previous childcare experience, conversational English and a 6 month committment as standard, of course as well as the usual reference checks and are EU passport holders.

What Is An Au Pair?

The au pair programme is an internationally recognised Cultural Exchange Programme. It offers a young individual the opportunity to travel and live with a host family in a new country, learn a foreign language and experience the country’s culture. The au pair will help for a set amount of hours for the host family, usually doing a mixture of childcare and light housework. The au pair will have some childcare experience and even qualifications, but an au pair is not a nanny and should also not be treated as a housekeeper.

Who Are tgnc Au Pair's?

Tgnc recruits all their own Au Pair’s, we do not use partner agencies which means we have personally spoken to the Au Pair’s, their references and know them on a much more personal level.

  • EU Nationals – we do not tend to recruit from outside of the EU due to visa limitations
  • Aged 18-35
  • Speak Conversational English as a minimum
  • Have child care experience already
  • Have 2 contactable references, 1 of which is child care related
  • Are commited to a 6 month stay in London, however we cannot guarntee their stay duration

Who Are tgnc Host Families?

  • English Speaking Families
  • Live in London – Zones 1-6
  • Offer up to six months of hosting to the Au Pair
  • Have children over 2 yeras whom the Au Pair will help to care for
  • Require no more than 35 hours per week of help from the Au Pair
  • Expect only child related light house duties from the Au Pair
  • Understand that this is a cultural exchange, not employment and are happy and have the time to support an au pair during their experience
  • Offer these minimum pocket money amounts, in exchange for the associated hours;
    20 hours £120
    25 hours £130
    30 hours £140
    35 hours £150

What Are Their Household Duties?

  • Washing dishes, including loading and unloading dishwasher when they have made a meal for the children
  • Preparing simple meals for children
  • Keeping kitchen tidy and clean after use
  • Children’s washing
  • Ironing for children
  • Putting washed clothes away for the children
  • Vacuuming children’s areas, if mess made
  • Making and changing children’s beds
  • Tidying children’s bathroom & bedrooms
  • Everything to do with keeping their own room and private bathroom clean and tidy

What Are Their Childcare Duties?

  • Helping the children get dressed
  • Bathing the children
  • Feeding the children
  • Cooking dinner for the children
  • Helping school age kids by packing lunches, taking them to school and helping with homework
  • Entertaining the children and teaching them about their culture
  • Taking the children on outings to parks, playgroups and other activities
  • Traveling with the host family on vacations and providing care for the children if needed
  • Playing with the children and keeping them safe
  • Note: Au Pairs are not to be in sole charge of any child under 2 years old due to their inexperience.

What Are The Hours Do They Work?

Au pairs can help a family for up to 35 hours per week. These hours can be spread out over 5 days per week as a maximum Monday-Friday. Time must be given for the Au Pair to attend language classes, usually they would offer ‘warp around’ care for before and after school hours. They can also provide 2 nights of babysitting per week, weekend babysitting only 2 nights a month as a maximum.

How Much Pocket Money To Give?

We work on this system, as minimums for au pair pocket money – due to the experience of our au pairs – they are not inexperienced and have conversational English.

  • 20 Hours £120
  • 25 Hours £130
  • 30 Hours £140
  • 35 Hours £150

If you wish to pay more, you may do so of course! The 2018/2019 Tax and NI threshold is £162 per week. We do not suggest paying an au pair over this amount. However some families then offer a travel card/gym membership on top.

Is Babysitting Included?

Two evenings babysitting per week are included as part of the arrangement. Additional pocket money should be paid for any additional evenings. We request that only 2 weekends a month include a weekend evening babysitting.

What Type Of Accommodation Do They Need?

Au Pairs must be provided with their own private bedroom and 3 square meals per day to suit their dietry requirements.

What Are Their Holiday Entitlements?

Au Pairs are offered the standard 20 days per year plus bank holidays and pocket money will be paid to them during this time. We suggest the family decide two weeks and the au pair decides the other two weeks.

Host Family Responsibilities

Being a Host Family is very different to being the employer of a Nanny, for example. Here is a list of some of the host family responsibilities required to be a host family;

  • Welcome the Au Pair as a member of the family and treat them as such for the duration of their stay – not as an ’employee’
  • Assist the Au Pair in opening a bank account, registering with the doctors and obtaining their National Insurance Number
  • Give the Au Pair training, support and guidance as to how to carry out their duties well – remember things in London are done very differently to other areas of Europe
  • Offer a welcome letter detailing their duties and hours of help required, how much pocket money you will give etc – tgnc provide
  • Help the Au Pair manage the children and support them when the children don’t listen to them – they are not trained Nannies, you need to work as a united team
  • Provide full board and lodging 24/7 for the duration of the experience
  • To only ask the Au Pair to carry out duties that are written in the Au Pair welcome letter
  • Not ask the Au Pair to help for more than 35 hours per week
  • Give the Au Pair their pocket money on a weekly basis on the same day every weekwithout the Au Pair having to remind you – paying them as per our above amounts as a minimum
  • Always pay the welcome letter pocket money amount even if the host family has not needed the Au Pair to carry out as many hours as usual – they rely on this pocket money to pay for English courses etc
  • Provide adequate accommodation – bedroom for sole use of the Au pair, heated, in good condition with a door that closes properly. The Host must provide a bed and storage for the Au Pairs clothes and belongings.
  • Allow the Au Pair time to attend language lessons during the weekday Mornings/Afternoons
  • Give the Au Pair at least 2 days when they are not needed per week, this must include Saturday and Sunday
  • Only ask the Au Pair to babysit on 2 weekend nights per month
  • Give the Au Pair a minimum of 20 days paid holiday per year, plus bank holidays
  • Allow the Au Pair to remain within the Host House when the family goes on holiday or to offer suitable accommodation within a 3 mile radius of the family home with the same level of standards and amenities that are provided at the Host Home.


Au pair’s are a shorter term options compared with standard childcare options, which one needs to consider. We have to take into consideration that this is not a career choice for au pairs but an experience to explore a new country and learn the language. They are not Nannies, they will need reminding about how things are done in the UK as it is very different to what they are used to.We cannot say enough, it is NOT A JOB. For long term experiences we always request a 6 month commitment from our candidates, however they are not bound to stay due to the nature of the programme and we cannot request longer although most stay for one year. Good Au Pairs are hard to find as it is not for everyone, we have experienced candidates on our books – all have worked with children before. It’s such a personal affair opening your home to a stranger so you need to get it right the first time. Should things not work out for some reason, we offer one free replacement as standard within the first 14 days, subject to terms. This may not seem like a lot but from our experience within 14 days you will know if it is going to work or not! We also offer up to 8 weeks free replacement service with Placement Plus for that extra piece of mind for minimal costs.

What else could you ask for! London Au Pair Agency.


Visit to apply to host an au pair with TGNC. Fee: £25 to apply if we accept you as a host family. 


Would like to offer to host to a TGNC au pair? TGNC will make the offer on your behalf. Fee: £100 to secure a au pair for the experience.


Once you have selected those you wish to meet, TGNC will arrange these on your behalf and send you a confirmation. Free Service.

Welcome Letter

We supply a personalised welcome letter for your role to save you the bother of getting this in place. It will detail your full requirements and house rules.


Have someone you may wish to host, TGNC conducts thorough referencing checks on au pairs. Fee: £25 per au pair documentation.

Arrival Date

Once your au pair has arrived at your family home and your host experience starts. Final fee paid before arrival.