The European Au Pair Agency place European au pairs all over Ireland and also offer an au pairing abroad service for Irish residents looking to take part in a cultural exchange programme.
Established in 1997 by Sylvie Levasseur-Reilly, the agency has built strong working relationships with reputable au pair agencies in France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden and Portugal
Sylvie understands the key fundamentals of a successful au pair placement having enjoyed working as an au pair herself. We take pride in delivering a professional and reliable service that presents families and au pairs with flexible childcare solutions and great cultural experiences.
The Au Pair programme is a cultural exchange experience for the Au Pair & her host family. It is a voluntary arrangement between a private household and a private individual. Looking after children & integrating with a host family, it is a fantastic opportunity to absorb a new culture and share your own.
The European Au Pair Agency will be by your side for the whole duration of the au pair placement whether you are a host family or an Irish au pair heading to Europe for a cultural exchange programme.
All our au pairs are fully vetted and possess all required documentation, including references, medical certificates and photos.
The European Au Pair Agency was named "Most Trusted Au Pair Agency in 2020" by the Irish Enterprise Awards as well as "Au Pair Agency Of The Year 2020."
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How long does the placement process usually take?
This will depend on the family request. It can sometimes take as little as one week or up to four to five weeks. Getting the right match for every family is really important to us.
How much does an au pair get paid?
The au pair's payment varies depending on their age and the number of hours they work per week. Host families can deduct €0.91 per hour worked for board as well as €24.10 per week for lodgings.
National minimum wage stands at €10.20 for candidates aged over 20. Whereas candidates aged 19 and 18 can earn €9.18 and €8.16 per hour respectively. Under Irish employment law, an au pair enjoys the same protection as domestic workers.
A large amount of host families are still paying their au pair pocket money but the onus is on the host family to comply. Everyone needs to be treated fairly to ensure this cultural exchange programme is a positive experience for everyone.
What happens if issues arise? Should I call my agent?
Yes. The European Au Pair Agency is there to help you during the whole placement and will guide you as well as your au pair through the whole process. Clear communication is our priority to ensure any issues are solved as soon as possible. The European Au Pair Agency provide support and help for both parties (host families and au pairs) and will in the event of an unsolved situation, endeavour to find a replacement as soon as possible.