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Below are brief descriptions of each kind of child carer: au pair, mother’s help, and nanny.

Au Pair

An au pair is a young person aged between 17 and 27 who provides childcare assistance in exchange for weekly pocket money of £100 plus and living with a family. Au pairs usually come to England to gain a greater understanding of English and to experience a new culture. An au pair may work up to 35 hours a week, 5 days a week; plus babysitting 1-2 nights a week. Let us discuss any other requirements that you may have. An au pair should be treated as part of the family; eat with them and have their own bedroom. An au pair is not a trained nanny, nor a domestic servant or housekeeper. An au pair should not have sole charge of children under 3 years. A "live out" au pair expects £9 - £10 per hour

Au pairs are entitled to 4 weeks’ paid holiday for every 12 months’ with the family, as well as all public holidays.

"Mother’s Help"

A "mother’s help" is a carer who holds no professional qualifications, but who has practical experience and a genuine interest in children. Many mother’s helps have previously worked as an au pair for a year in London. A "mother’s help" should not have sole charge of children under 3 years. They may work up to 10 hours per day, as well as 2 evenings babysitting. Salaries range from £175 - £250 (net) for a live-in position depending on the hours worked.

"Mother’s help" is entitled to 4 weeks’ paid holiday for every 12 months’ employment and should also have all public holidays. Live-out rates are £9 - £10 (net) per hour

Nanny

A nanny is a person aged 18+ who has either formal childcare qualifications, for example NNEB, BTEC or ADCE; or a former mother’s help or au pair with at least 2 years experience. A nanny is someone who looks after your child/children in your home. Nannies can have sole charge of babies and children, and take responsibility for all duties relating to the children, including cooking, washing and ironing for them, as well as cleaning the children’s bedrooms and playroom.

A live-in nanny may work up to 12 hours per day, plus up to 2 evenings babysitting per week. Live-in nannies usually earn £300 - £500 net per week. Salaries vary depending on the nanny’s age and level of experience.

Live-out nannies usually work fixed hours, with normal working hours being 8am - 6pm. Babysitting is paid separately, upon agreement. Salaries are usually £10 - £15 (net) per hour. Pay varies depending on the nanny’s age and level of experience.

All nannies are entitled to 4 weeks’ paid holiday for every 12 months’ employment. They should also have all public holidays.