Au Pairs V Nannies

Updated: Mar 3, 2020

What is the difference? Something I get asked often.

Au Pair:

According to Wikipedia " An au pair is a helper from a foreign country working for, and living as part of, a host family. Typically, au pairs take on a share of the family's responsibility for childcare as well as some housework, and receive a monetary allowance for personal use. Au pair arrangements are subject to government restrictions which specify an age range usually from mid-late teens to mid to late twenties; some countries explicitly limit the arrangement to females."

An au pair is unqualified and should not have any sole charge of any children under the age of two years old. They aren't a nanny and equally they aren't a cleaner. They stay with host families to help them with their education and should enrol on courses.

Checks must be made on the host family/ accommodation aswell as the au pair themselves.

We recommend families seeking an au pair contact an agency that is registered with


According to Wikipedia " A nanny is a person who provides child care. Typically, this care is given within the children's family setting.Throughout history, nannies were usually servants in large households and reported directly to the lady of the house. Today, modern nannies, like other domestic workers, may live in or out of the house, depending on their circumstances and those of their employers. There are many employment agencies that specialize in childcare. Nannies in many areas are a sought after member of the workforce. Many nannies become a part of their family's household. Although previously looked at as a lesser-than job, today's demand has made it a popular and valued addition to the lives of the family's household."

Nannies can be experienced or qualified. They can be left in sole charge of all

children of the family who employ them. All nannies should be employed and have a contract before they start. Nannies can be part or full time working up to 48 hours a week. Above 48 hours then they must sign a working time regulations agreement.

As a nanny agency I personally meet the families I introduce nannies to as well as the nannies.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure that the information included in this article is accurate at the point of release this should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is the opinion of Savernake Nannies. Copyright 2020

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