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Au Pair Placements in the UK

Our host families are spread across the UK. We do our best to match your requirements to those of our host families to ensure a great partnership. Whether you prefer to stay in a city, town, suburb or countryside, we will make every effort to find you a suitable family.

Unfortunately, due to visa restrictions, we are only able to accept Au Pair applications from EU member countries. In addition we accept candidates travelling under the Youth Mobility Scheme, Tier 5. This visa is for young people aged 18 - 30 years from participating countries who would like to experience life in the United Kingdom.

The countries on the scheme currently are: Australia, Canada, Japan and New Zealand

Application Forms

In order to ensure a successful placement it is our policy to ask you to complete our Application Forms in detail so that your host family is fully aware of your credentials. Please complete the Applicant to the UK form and we will get in touch with you at the earliest opportunity to provide you with other documentation which you will need to complete.

Insurance: A European Health Insurance Card entitles you to reduced cost or even free medical treatment if within the EEA countries. This card must be obtained before you travel. It is also advisable for you to obtain extra health and travel insurance before joining your host family. This will protect you from costly emergencies, repatriation and legal assistance if required. Childcare International will be pleased to provide you with information on insurance cover.

The Application Pack will require you to provide the following information:

  • Completed application form
  • A minimum of 2 childcare references
  • A passport sized photo and a collage of you, your family and possibly any children you have cared for.
  • A note from your doctor stating that you are fit and able to work as au pair abroad
  • A "Dear Family" letter written if possible in the language of your chosen country
  • A Subject Access Certificate
  • A signed copy of our Au Pair Agreement
  • Police Check


Au Pair Placements
The United Kingdom is happy to welcome applications from the European Union and the following non-EU countries:

  • United Kingdom
  • Andorra
  • Australia
  • Austria
  • Bulgaria
  • Canada
  • Cyprus
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Faroes
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Greenland
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • San Marino
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland

Applicants from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Japan come to the UK under Tier 5, the Youth Mobility Visa.