What kind of room does my Au Pair need or expect?

If you are a Host Family for an Au Pair, of course, he or she will need their own room. There are some simple ways to help your Au Pair feel at home; providing a warm and inviting bedroom is the first step in saying, “Welcome to our family.” What might your Au Pair’s room look like? What might he or she need or expect in an Au Pair bedroom?

Naturally, a nicely furnished, clean and warm room will help your Au Pair feel at home and comfortable. Provide a closet and/or bureau for clothing as well as a bedside table with proper lighting for nighttime reading. Room and board is more than just a bedroom, and Host Families should understand the expectations as well as Au Pairs. Go Au Pair provides some guidelines for Host Families to consider when planning for their Au Pair.

The U.S. Department of Labor calculates 40% of minimum wage as the amount contributed to the Au Pair through room and board expenses. At minimum Go Au Pair requires the following:
  • Au Pair’s room has a door which closes and which is not used for any other household purpose outside of housing the Au Pair (i.e. cannot also be used as an office, den, access to laundry room or porch, etc)
  • Au Pair’s room be furnished with basic necessities such as a bed, dresser, closet and have basic amenities such as windows and pleasant decoration
  • Au Pair have access to private bathroom or share a bathroom with the children only. Au Pairs cannot share bathrooms with the Host Parent(s).
  • Au Pair’s board includes food which the family normally buys and consumes including eating out in restaurants when the Au Pair is invited
  • Au Pair’s board includes basic toiletries such as toilet paper, tissues, shampoo, soap, etc.
As a general rule Go Au Pair recommends providing your Au Pair with the same basic supplies you would provide a friend or family member who was staying in your home. Au Pairs are financially responsible for any special furnishings, food, toiletries or any other accommodation which you normally would not purchase for your family or use in your home.

For more information about Go Au Pair and a cultural child care experience for your family, visit www.goaupair.com or contact LAR Joan Lowell in the Providence, RI and surrounding areas at jlowell@goaupair.com or 401.309.1925.

We have over 300 available Au Pairs from over 30 countries. We also have in-country Au Pairs who are looking to match with new Host Families. Consider a cultural child care experience for your family.

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