Au Pair Jobs

Find your perfect host family on Juggle Street

What is an Au pair?

In case you don’t know the Au Pair meaning, an Au Pair is usually a young adult aged 18-30 and lives with a host family while taking care of their children in exchange for accommodation, meals and a weekly allowance.

Au Pairs are usually from another country and are looking for an opportunity to experience living in a different country and learning about their culture.

What is the difference between an Au Pair and a Nanny or Live-in Nanny?

A nanny does not take part in any cultural exchange and gets paid a salary like any other job. Most nannies do not live with the family that they work for however, if they are a live-in nanny there is no exchange for board and meals.

Nannies are usually experienced and qualified to care for young babies.

Au Pairs should not be the sole carer for babies as they are usually not qualified for this type of work.

Demi pairs

A Demi-Pair is similar to an Au Pair whereby they live with a host family and assist with childcare and light household chores. A Demi-Pair is the holder of a Student Visa so they are required, by law, to attend school and usually study General English. Demi-Pairs are only allowed to work up to 20 hours per week on their Student Visa.

A Demi Pair will typically work for 15- 20 hours per week at no extra cost beyond their full board.

Au Pair walks kids to school

Au Pairs - how it works on juggle Street

Juggle Street families can search and view Au Pair profiles. Each profile outlines the Au Pair’s background including whether they have worked as an Au Pair previously and their experience looking after children. The Au Pair’s citizenship details will be displayed. If the person holds a passport other than Australia or New Zealand, Juggle Street will verify their Visa/Right to Work status. This is displayed on their profile and will outline when their Visa was granted and the date it expires.

Once a parent is ready to find an Au Pair they can post a job and outline all of their requirements, including work schedule (start time and duration), accommodation, meals and weekly allowance. They can then invite a group of Au Pairs to apply for the job.

Job invitations are delivered to Au Pairs via SMS and they can view the job details and apply or decline. The “chat” feature can be used to ask any questions and arrange to have an interview. Once the family has chosen their Au Pair they officially “award” them the job so that both parties have a record of the job details.

Juggle Street Au Pair References & Interview

You will need to submit two referees so that Juggle Street can conduct a reference check. Preferably this should be a family whom you have worked for before or a previous employee.

A Juggle Street team member will also call you to conduct an over-the-phone interview to gain more information about your experience.

Au Pair Pocket Money

Au Pairs are given a weekly allowance (pocket money) along with board and sometimes meals. The allowance is at the discretion of the host family and should be agreed upon at the beginning of ‘engagement’ discussions. When calculating pocket money the host family should recognise any extra hours that will naturally occur such as school holidays.

We recommend:

15 - 25 hours - $150 - $250

25 - 40 hours - $250 - $400

NB - The weekly allowance is negotiated between the host family and the Au Pair

Au Pair making breakfast
Au Pair in thier room

Au Pair Roles & Responsibilities

Au Pairs are often called a big sister or mum’s helpers and are there to help with taking care of the children as well as light household chores.

These jobs may include:

  • Waking up children and getting them ready for the day.
  • Preparing breakfast and lunch.
  • Taking children to and from school.
  • Taking children to and from extra-curricular activities such as sport, music and dance.
  • Loading/unloading dishwasher.
  • Taking care of the children’s laundry.
  • Helping children with their homework.
  • Play activities such as going to the park or beach.
  • Helping to prepare dinner.
  • Getting children ready for bed.

Au Pairs generally work between 20 and 40 hours a week. They are not expected to work seven days and must have at least two days off each week.

Juggle Street Au Pair Network Responsibilities

Au Pairs on Juggle Street are required to keep their profiles up-to-date at all times. If you no longer wish to be an Au Pair you must opt-out of this job type.

You are required to reply to all job invitations as soon as possible whether it’s applying for declining offers.

Host Family Responsibilities

A host family should treat their Au Pair as a member of the family and involve them in the daily life of the household including meal times, family conversations and activities.

Host families must provide the Au Pair at least one meal a day. Au Pairs need their own bedroom and access to a bathroom ensuite or separate or shared with the family.

Au Pairs should have access to shared living areas and their accommodation should be clean, fully-furnished, safe and comfortable. We suggest parents limit the weekly hour to 35/40 and no more than 10 hours per day.

Au Pairs should have at least two free days per week, at least every alternative weekend off and public holidays. If the Au Pair is required for babysitting outside of these hours they should be paid on top of their weekly allowance.

Au Pairs should not be the sole carer for babies as they are usually not qualified for this type of work.

Au Pairs should have internet access so that they can stay in touch with their family. Remind them of the limitations of downloading or streaming.

If you have any house rules, you must discuss these with your Au Pair. Make sure you clearly communicate with your Au Pair and set aside time for daily conversations about the role.

There are several duties that Au Pairs should not be expected to help with including; sole care for babies, pet care, heavy cleaning, extensive meal preparation, laundry for adults, gardening, administering medication, overnight care and care for adults.


Choose your host family wisely

A good relationship with your host family will make or break your Au Pair experience. So it is important to be a little bit selective. When searching for jobs and reading host family profiles, look for shared values wherever possible. And then, throughout the interview process, it is a good idea to interview your host family just as much as they are interviewing you. Take your time with it and don’t rush the process.

Always be professional

It is important to remember that your new home is also your place of work. So, as much as you need some personal space and relaxation time each day, it also pays to foster a spirit of mutual respect in and around the house. Try to keep your space clean and tidy, for example, be punctual when it is time to get to work, and find little ways to be helpful around the house, even without being asked.

Look for ways to bond with the children

When you decide to become an Au Pair, you are signing up to work with children on a regular basis, so bonding with the kids is a really important first step when you move into your new home. It is a good idea to think about some ways that you can break the ice during those first meetings – either by taking an interest in their favourite hobbies, or by suggesting activities that you can do altogether. Bonding with the children early on could be as simple as playing their favourite games with them, or taking them on a trip to the local aquarium.

Share your culture openly with the host family

As an Au Pair, you aren’t the only one that has the opportunity to enjoy the positive effects of cultural exchange. In addition to you learning about your host’s culture, the family might also like to learn a little bit about the culture where you come from as well. This could be through language, cuisine, or popular customs, for instance. Be open and willing to share these sorts of details and experiences with your host family, to help facilitate a positive cultural exchange.

Take some initiative

One of the best ways to make a good impression with your new host family is by taking some initiative. Cleaning might not necessarily be part of your job description, for example, but you might take it upon yourself to tidy up the living room when you notice that the children’s toys are lying around the floor. Alternatively, you could offer to take the kids down to the park, or to cook dinner for your host family one night. These small, uncalled for gestures will go a long way to making a good first impression

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Important to Note

In order to join Juggle Street, Au Pairs must reside in New Zealand, have a New Zealand mobile number and be eligible to work in New Zealand. Juggle Street verifies the right-to-work status of all non-New Zealand/Australian Au Pairs using the Visa Entitlement Verification Online system (VEVO).

Juggle Street Au Pairs are required to submit two referees in order for the Juggle Street team to conduct reference checking. Juggle Street also conducts a telephone interview with the Au Pair to gain more knowledge about their experience with children and their suitability to being an Au Pair. A summary of these checks are displayed on the Au Pair’s profile. Host families are encouraged to conduct their own interview and reference checks.

Juggle Street is an introductory platform facilitating a private arrangement between host families and Au Pairs. Juggle Street is not an agency. Host families are responsible for any contractual relationships that may arise and must comply with all applicable government regulations.