Need a little help around the house for your children? Then you should consider hosting an au pair and become a host family in Italy! An au pair is cheaper than childcare and in addition to babysitting, the au pair can help you with light household tasks. An au pair comes to Italy for a cultural exchange and to get in touch with your children. You will always have someone around to help you! Sounds amazing right?
What is an au pair?
The au pair is between 17-30 years old and joins a cultural exchange, also knows as the Au Pair Programme. During this exchange, the au pair lives with your family and takes care of the children. The au pair learns more about the Italian culture and helps with the household.
How much does an au pair earn in Italy?
The au pair doesn’t’ get salary but gets pocket money instead. There is no official salary for au pairs in Italy, but we recommend to pay the au pair between €250-€300 pocket money per month.
What does a host family in Italy pay Nanny Nina?
The au pair agency is the official contact between you and the au pair. We assist in finding the perfect au pair match and help with the process of collecting the right documents for your au pair.
Law and regulations for au pairs in Italy
The following measurements apply for EFTA au pairs and EU au pairs:
- The au pair is single and doesn’t have children;
- The au pair isn’t Italian, but he or she needs to have basic knowledge of Italian and is obligated to follow an Italian language course;
- The au pair is financial responsibility to support herself.
If the au pair stays longer than 90 days and is not from the EU he or she needs to apply for a visa.
Au pair contract
The au pair contract contains rules and decisions made between the au pair and host family. Both parties need to sign the contract before the au pair travels to Italy.
The main duty of the au pair is taking care of the children. In addition, the au pair helps with light household tasks such as emptying the dishwasher, cleaning up the table after dinner or folding some laundry. Be sure to discuss together what you expect, so that it’s clear for you both!
Board and lodging
The au pair lives with the host family in Italy and gets free board and lodging.
The au pair usually works around 30 hours a week, divided over 6 days, with a maximum of 5 hours per day. This includes babysitting.
The au pair needs at least 1 day off a week and this day has to be on a Sunday at least once a month. We also recommend you to give the au pair 2 weeks of vacation every 6 months.
The au pair is obligated to follow an Italian language course and pay for this themselves. If your au pair has a non-European nationality, they will very likely apply via the student visa, which also means that they need to enrol for a full-time (20 hours per week) language course prior to the visa application. Please make sure to discuss the timings with your au pair prior to arrival, to ensure this doesn’t interfer with your expectations of childcare duties.
Most au pairs have a drivers license and are comfortable to drive with kids. Make sure you and the au pair discuss insurance and liability issues before the au pair starts driving.
It’s important that the au pair brings the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with her, or request it before departure if she does not already have it. Au pairs will be required to pay a co-pay fee, known as the “ticket” after receiving medical treatment.
Non-EU citizens or those unable to enroll in the Italian national health insurance must take out private health insurance before departure. The cost of state or private health insurance is the responsibility of the host family in Italy.
How long does the process take to find an au pair in Italy?
The first thing you should do is place an au pair request on the Nanny Nina site. You will receive au pair profiles that match your preference. After you’ve found someone you match with, you sign an au pair contract and the au pair agency will help the au pair with all the right documents and visa application.
What do you need to do to host an au pair in Italy?
Host family declaration of receipt (dichiarazione di ospitalità): within the first 48 hours of the au pair’s arrival in Italy, you must submit a “guest declaration” to the police station. This states that the au pair will live with you for the duration of the au pair’s stay.
In addition, the following measurements apply for host families in Italy:
- You have at least one child under the age of 18
- You are able to afford expenses such as the salary, meals and health insurance
- The au pair needs a private room in your house
- You have a different nationality than the au pair
- You speak Italian at home
10 reasons why you need an au pair
- An au pair works flexible hours so you don’t have to adjust your schedule;
- An au pair is cheaper than daycare;
- An au pair is an extra pair of hands that can help with taking care of the children and the household;
- An au pair is always nearby in case of an emergency;
- An au pair can help with preparing meals and taking the kids to school, sports or friends;
- An au pair will be an amazing experience for you and your kids;
- Your kids will get used to a familiar face;
- Your kids will develop a lifelong connection with the au pair;
- Your au pair will become part of the family;
- You can learn your au pair more about your culture and habits.
In which other countries are we looking for au pairs?
We help families find their au pair in Ireland, Switzerland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Spain!
Where can you register?
Becoming a host family in Italy
As mentioned, the au pair joins a cultural exchange where he or she focuses on babysitting and learning more about the Italian culture. Before the au pair flies to Italy, the au pair contract must be signed by you and the au pair.
There are some laws and regulations for you and the au pair. Make sure these are clear. In addition, it’s important that you find out whether your au pair need to apply for a visa and which measures apply for your au pair.