Au-pair in Deutschland

Au-pair in Germany

Au pairs are young people who live in time as a family member with a host family and help with childcare and household chores.

The au pair stay serves to deepen the language skills of native language and get to know the culture of the host country.

The essential criteria for an au pair job in Germany are:

  • Minimum age at the beginning of employment in principle 18, in respect of nationals of the EU / EEA countries and Switzerland 17 years; Minors need a written consent of the legal representatives
  • The age limit for au pairs is 27 years. This may not be achieved when applying for residence permits / EU work permit
  • Integration into the host family,
  • Participation especially in light household chores and childcare, including babysitting (total principle no more than 6 hours a day and 30 hours a week),
  • Granting at least one day off per week (at least once a month falls on a Sunday) and, at least four free evenings per week
  • Exemption for language courses, practice their religion, cultural events and field trips,
  • financial contribution from the host family of 50 euros a month for attending German language courses
  • paid holiday of 4 weeks (with a shorter activity than one year: 2 working days per full month)
  • Insurance by the host family in case of illness, pregnancy and childbirth, as well as an accident
  • Payment of a sum as pocket money regardless of the length of housework time (currently 260 Euro per month)
  • Au Pair employees are not subject to compulsory social insurance. Health insurance (incl. Accident insurance) must be submitted. Applying for a company number is not required for the host families
  • Adequate housing (basically own room in the family home) and meals by the host family
  • A written contract on the mutual rights and obligations


Who is allowed to take up an au pair

In Germany, au pairs may be employed only in a family, is spoken in the German as a mother tongue and an adult family member has German nationality or the nationality of an EU / EEA country or Switzerland. Spoken in the family as a German family language, the approval may be granted if the dates or not the employees of a homeland of the host parents.

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Au pair insurance policy

As a host family, you are responsible for insuring your au pair.

In order to invite an au pair to Germany, the host family is obliged to take out an au pair insurance policy. It is important to know that this is not a simple travel health insurance. The host family must insure the risks of illness, accident and liability. There are several providers in Germany who offer special au pair insurance policies that include health, accident and liability insurance and are specially tailored to the needs of host families and au pairs.

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Duties of au-pairs

The daily tasks of an au pair are very different. They depend entirely on the nature and the lifestyle of the family, which has included in the au pair.

For everyday an au pair belongs in general:

  • Supervise younger children
  • play together and deal
  • Accompaniment to and from school or to kindergarten
  • Accompany Walking or events or for sport
  • Perform light household chores

Informationen der Bundesagentur für Arbeit

Die Bundesagentur für Arbeit spielt bei der  Erteilung der Arbeitserlaubnis eine wichtige Rolle, die Regionalzentren prüfen die Visa-Anträge und ob die Gastfamilien die Voraussetzungen für die Aufnahme eines Au-pairs erfüllt.

Von der Bundesagentur für Arbeit sind Richtlinien für Au-pair-Aufenthalte in Deutschland verfasst, diese Richtlinen sind in einem Merkblatt festgehalten.

Die akutellen Informationen der Bundesagentur für Agentur für Arbeit finden Sie hier als PDF-Dateien:

Erklärung des Au-pair zum Empfang der Au-pair-Informationen
Fragebogen für die Gastfamilie
Standard Au-pair Vertrag

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