How to become a host family

March 18, 2019 Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Google+ Host Families

Are you ready to become a host family?

Quick check for host families in Ireland

Before searching for the ideal au pair, you should ask yourself:

1. Do you have at least one child under 18 living with you?
2. Can you provide your au pair with a separate room?
3. Is your au pair supposed to look after your children and help with light housework?
4. Do you speak English in your daily lives?
5. Are you willing to give your au pair the opportunity to attend a language course and get to know the Irish culture?


Have you answered all questions with “Yes”? Does the au pair approach seem like it might be right for your family? If you are ready to become a host family and enjoy the modern solution for better family management and cultural exchange at home, check our article on how to find the ideal au pair.


Find an au pair in Ireland

Posting your advert on a specialised website is your first step to finding your new au pair in Ireland. We have added a checklist below, to help you maximise the impact of your advert, and attract more jobseekers.

  • Job description – list your children, their genders and ages, and any pets you might have. Be sure to include details about working hours and the tasks your au pair will be expected to perform. The more information the better.
  • Job location – more au pairs apply for positions in urban areas, especially Dublin. If you are in the country, but close to a town or city, be sure to mention that in your advert.
  • Don’t be too picky – ask yourself, if you want your au pair to stay for 12 months, would you exclude an excellent applicant who could only work for 11 months? If the answer is no, don’t include that requirement in the description.
  • Use a friendly tone – a friendlier, informal tone of voice in your advert will attract more applicants. Sounding formal, or strict, may deter applicants.
  • Use simple English in your advert – remember, most au pairs don’t speak English as their first language.
  • Salary – legally you are required to pay your au pair at least €10.25 per hour, you can subtract up to €54.13 per week, for food and board. Check our dedicated page “How much does an Au pair cost?” for more details.
  • Photographs – if you have a suitable photo, include it in you advert, your advert will get a lot more views.
  • References – if you’ve had an au pair work for you before, and they are willing to act as a reference, mention it in the advert.
  • Advert title – ensure you have the job location in the advert title, some au pairs will only scan the titles, and the job location is one of their main details of interest to them.
  • Adding your contact details – don’t forget to add your contact details to your advert, doing this allows anyone viewing your advert, not just site members, to contact you about the role.

Compares your advert with the list above, and if you see anywhere you can improve it, please do. Doing so will attract more applicants for the role.