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Welcome your au pair in 2 months
  • Affordable, flexible and reliable childcare in Switzerland
  • An au pair comes and lives with you in your home
  • The au pair helps with the kids and housekeeping
  • It’s an amazing cultural exchange for your kids!

Hosting an au pair in Switzerland

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Switzerland is famous for its breathtaking scenery, mouthwatering chocolate and cute villages. No wonder we have a lot of wonderful au pairs wanting to visit your beautiful country!
Aside from the obvious benefits of hosting an au pair, it can also be pretty stressful. What about your privacy? We have experienced that you don't have to worry about that at all. Au pairs love to go on adventures, they are adventurous types! Especially in a beautiful country like Switzerland, who wouldn't want to make memories, experience the wonderful culture and visit all the amazing places Switzerland is known for?
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Questions of other parents in Switzerland

When do I have to pay the €1000,- euro fee?

You pay after we’ve found you your perfect au pair.

What are the rules for au pairs in Switzerland?
  • The au pair is between 17 and 25 years old (and up to 30 years old for EU and EFTA citizens);
  • Their native language is not the same as that spoken by the family and is different from the main language of the specific region of Switzerland;
  • The au pair is unmarried and has no children;
  • The au pair wants to take part in a language course during their stay in Switzerland;
  • They must be willing to register with a recognized au pair agency (SECO);
  • The au pair must have a valid passport.
What requirements do you have to meet as a host family in Switzerland?
  • At least one of your children is of school age or younger;
  • You have a Swiss citizenship, a C permit (for “settled foreign nationals”) or a B EU/EFTA permit (for “resident foreign nationals”);
  • Your au pair helps with childcare and light housework in your home;
  • You have very good knowledge of the language spoken in your region of Switzerland;
  • You are of a different nationality and speak a different language than your au pair;
  • At least one of the parents can support the au pair during half of their working hours;
  • You cover the costs of a language course for your au pair.
What if the video calls with candidates don't lead to a match?

It happens! It’s unfortunate, but of course we will do our best to find you another candidate who better suits your family.

Does an au pair help with housekeeping?

Yes, the au pair can do light housework. They can help with vacuuming, emptying the dishwasher, putting in a wash and folding laundry – but no cleaning of the bathroom or cleaning windows for example.

What do you pay an au pair in Switzerland?

In Switzerland, the amount of pocket money depends on the age of the au pair and the canton in which they live in during their au pair stay. Usually the amount is around 500 to 700 CHF per month.

How many hours per week does a Swiss au pair work?

Au pairs in Switzerland only work for half of the day and can’t work more than 30 hours a week. Usually, that means they will work from Monday to Saturday. For at least half of the time, one of the parents must also be present. Aside from that, the au pair must also be able to take part in a language course.

How many days off does the au pair have?

Au pairs get at least one day off per week. Depending on which canton the au pair lives in, there may be other rules regarding free time.

The holiday depends on the age of the au pair. Up until their 20th year, au pairs get 5 full weeks of holiday per year. Au pairs over 20 get 4 weeks holiday per year.

In Switzerland, there are no official rules regarding public holidays for au pairs. We do recommend that au pairs have a day off on public holidays to experience the Swiss culture!

Does my au pair need to register in Switzerland?

It depends if you are from a EU/EFTA country or not.

The au pair is from a EU/EFTA country

Au pairs coming from an EU or EFTA country, don’t need a visa to enter Switzerland, just a valid passport or identity card. When they arrive, they need to register at the municipality of residence and, if your stay extends beyond three months, apply for a residence permit.

The au pair is not from a EU/EFTA country

Almost all au pairs can come to Switzerland, except for the ones who come from a country which don’t have a diplomatic relationship with Switzerland. You should contact the cantonal immigration and labour market authorities to find out whether you can apply your au pair.

If they state you can apply, you will have to submit:

  • the application form, which varies from canton to canton;
  • a copy of the au pair’s passport;
  • a statement from the au pair agency, recognised by SECO, showing successful placement;
  • the signed au pair contract;
  • proof of the au pair’s registration or preregistration for a language course spoken in the canton where you live;
  • proof of registration with a health insurance company recognised in Switzerland.

Once the cantonal job market authority has reached a preliminary decision, the documents will be examined by the Federal Office for Migration. This process can take up to four weeks.

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What kind of au pairs do we select? We choose our au pairs very carefully. They need to be reliable, sparkly people who really love and adore children. Our au pairs are mature and independent, just someone you would love to have around your family. Fun fact: We used to all be au pairs before, so we know exactly what it entails. Our screening process is pretty strict, so only the best of the best get through. Together we guide you and your au pair in every step, so you don’t have to worry about a thing. Always available for any questions you might have. Oh, and we have matched more than 200 au pairs already, so we know what we’re talking about!
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