Duties & Responsibilities

As an au pair, your main focus will be caring for your host children. Learn more about the common duties and responsibilities of an au pair.

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Being an au pair gives you the opportunity to explore a new country and a new culture – but the most important part of your au pair experience will be caring for your host children.

Here are some common responsibilities of an au pair:

Meal Preparation

Prepare meals and snacks for the children

Morning Routine

Help the children get dressed and ready for the day


Help get the kids to school and other activities


Engage the children in fun games and activities


Wash and fold laundry for the children


Help the kids with their homework

Tidying Up

Help ensure that the kids' rooms stay clean


Help the children get ready for bed

Keep in mind you will not be expected to perform tasks that are unrelated to children or include heavy manual labor such as housecleaning, yard maintenance or other types of chores.

It’s important to note that our program has a set of rules to help protect your rights as an au pair. These limits are enforced by law through the U.S. Department of State.

According to program regulations, au pairs are entitled to the following benefits:

  • Au pairs must be on duty no more than 45 hours per week, and no more than 10 hours per day.
  • Au pairs must receive 1.5 consecutive days off per week and one full weekend per month.
  • During their program year, au pairs must be given 2 weeks of paid, off-duty holiday.

These benefits, along with other au pair program regulations, are outlined by the U.S. Department of State.