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Being an au pair is a cultural experience in which in exchange for helping out with childcare or nanny duties and light housework you are welcomed as a member of the family, given full board accommodation in your own room and paid pocket money.

Why become an au pair?

Being an au pair is a great chance to:

  • Get a taste of the host family’s cultural and social life
  • Improve your English language skills through daily conversations
  • Be a ‘big sister’ (or brother) to the children in your Australian family

“Au pair” vs “demi pair”

Demi pair is a “part-time” version of au pair. This is a great option if you would like to study at the same time as being an au pair.

Program options

ELC offers several program options to cater for all interests, requirements and visa types. You could:

  • Study first for a few months and then - once you have finished your English course - move in with your host family and become an au pair
  • Be a demi pair while you study: that’s your studies, accommodation, meals and “job” all in one!

Au pair duties

As an au pair or demi pair, you should help with childcare and light housework. Each family have their own requirements but typical duties include:

  • Wake the children in the morning and get them ready
  • Prepare breakfast and lunch for the children & clean up dishes from meals
  • Take children to/from school
  • Carry out some tasks such as shopping and light housework
  • Assist the children with their homework, initiate and supervise play
  • Help the children with their bath and bedtime routine
  • Baby sitting

Au pair rewards

In exchange for these, you will have a private room in the family home with meals included, as well as some pocket money. The amount of pocket money you receive will depend on the program chosen and the number of hours of help you provide on that program.
Being an au pair or demi pair with ELC still leaves time off each week for you to enjoy your time in Sydney.

Who can join?

Eligibility criteria inlcude:

  • Be aged 19-30, unmarried & with no children
  • Have a minimum of 200hrs of childcare experience (such as babysitting, tutoring, coaching, etc…)
  • Have no criminal record (police check required)
  • Be able to commit to an au pair placement of minimum 6 months with the family (up to 12 months)
  • Be flexible, friendly and open-minded
  • Male applicants welcome.

When do I work?

Some students are demi pairs while they study. Others study first and then move onto their au pair experience. Which program is available to you will depend on your visa options and level of English.

What level of English do I need?

You will need to have an intermediate level of English minimum upon starting your au pair experience. For applicants with a lower level, some program options start with the English course only until your level is up to the required standard and then your demi pair or au pair experience starts. For bookings or more information, please contact ELC for details.