US Government program rules require the Au Pairs to look after the children up to 45 hours per week and not more than 10 hours per day - including babysitting! 45 hours is a lot, so the participant should check with the Host Family when exactly they are needed to take care of the children so they can plan when they can take a class at the local college. The Host Family should always be their priority though and the schedule will be based on their needs. But remember: the Au Pair’s time off is exactly that - the Au Pair’s time off.
You need to discuss your exact duties with your future host family far enough in advance and then put the exact agreements into the au pair contract. But of course au pairs also need to be flexible enough to accept any changes in the au pair duties.
As an au pair, you are only permitted to work a maximum of 45 hours per week and no more than 10 hours per day. You will have time off so that you can meet up with friends, explore your community, take classes, or just relax. Program regulations require that you receive the following time off during your program:
The au pair programme is so much more than "just" childcare
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