Placement Fees

Length of Stay **Au Pair replacement -30 days ** Au Pair replacement – 90 days

Mother's Help/House Keeper
Companion/Couple –
30 day replacement

Mother's Help/House Keeper
Companion/Couple –
90 day replacement

Native English Speaker
Mothers Help

Up to 3 months






3-5 months






6-9 months






10-12 months



12 months: £700.00

12 months: £800.00

6 x net weekly wage

The chart above outlines our different fees in regards to our terms and conditions of agreement insofar as the variable replacement timescale options that are available to you.

For example; if you opt for the 90 day replacement terms for an Au pair whose length of stay is 6-9 months in duration, your fee will be £450.00. Whereas if you opt for the 30 day replacement terms then your fee for an Au pair is £350.00.

We always aim to find families the best possible match for the specified duration, but sometimes either the host family or the au pair may require a change in needs having the flexibility of returning to the agency without further costs within the time frames can prove invaluable. If you require any additional advice or assistance please do contact the agency  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit us at and fill in our registration form provided and we will respond to your inquiry.

Au Pair (Live In)

  • Works a maximum of 25 hours a week and a maximum of 2 evenings baby-sitting for a minimum of £150 per week
  • Family gives full board, own room and two consecutive days off (these do not have to be on the weekend, but with the au pair's previous agreement)
  • This type of applicant can look after children of school age and is not qualified in child care. They can only look after babies or children under school age if a parent is at home and the level of responsibility should be kept to a minimum as English is not the applicant’s first language. This is for the safety of your children
  • The applicant comes from one of the 27 EU countries, and does not require a Visa to au pair in the UK. However, applicants from Turkey do still require a Visa. Turkish applicants should already be in the UK, or have gone home for a period of time, but in possession of a valid au pair Visa. It is the family’s responsibility to check the applicant has a valid Visa and is allowed to au pair in the UK
  • An au pair can look after children, O.A.P.s, help you get around if you are disabled in any way, look after your animals or house sit, if you are away. This is a very flexible student programme.

Housekeeper (Live In)

This applicant works as an au pair or au pair+, but is more responsible for the maintenance of the family home, rather than childcare

Au Pair+ (Live In)

Same as above, but this applicant is ready to work more than 25 hours a week for an increased wage. Families will pay the applicant for every hour worked over the 25 hours (a minimum of £250 for 40 hours)

Mother’s Help (Live In)

  • This applicant is not qualified in childcare either, but probably comes from one of the English-speaking countries: Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada or one of the old commonwealth countries
  • This applicant has come to the UK on a working holiday Visa. This applicant can au pair in the UK, but can also work anywhere they want for the duration of their Visa
  • As they speak English fluently, they can be given more responsibility with young children and babies, but families generally pay them between £250 and £350 per week for 45 hours
  • This applicant is also quite rare, as they are able to do any other work in the UK
  • This Visa is normally valid for two years, and it is the family's responsibility to check that the applicant has a valid Visa
  • This applicant can au pair or work in the UK. On a student Visa they can take a job for a maximum of 25 hours per week. They can work as an au pair or au pair+, but they do need to study 15 hours a week (approx. 3 hours a day).
  • It is the family’s responsibility to check that the applicant’s student Visa is valid


As an au pair, we have provided a guideline to the  procedures we use to provide you with your ideal host Family during your visit to the UK

  1. Register yourself with us using Hopscotch’s Au pair form Online
  2. Registration requires a £40 administration fee, needed to keep our service to au pairs free unlike other Agencies.
  3. When a Family contacts you they may want to ask you a number of questions about your childcare experience and your other abilities. It will help to have answers prepared for the most common questions, we can help you with this.
  4. Families will also ask for your au pair File, which is a collection of documents that you need to prepare. You should send a copy of all of these directly to the family when they contact you to help them make a decision.

    These must be written in English, with clear contact details for the people in the references
    • A Dear Family Letter
    • 2 References
    • A Childcare Reference
    • A Character Reference
    • A Passport Photo
    • A Medical Certificate (Not for an EU Member)
    • Enhanced CRB check now (DBS) 

  5. If you accept a placement with a Family, they will arrange with you when and where to pick you up when you arrive in England.
  6. We will give you support throughout the placement with advice and help

Dear Family Letter

It is part of your au pair File that you should submit a "Dear Family Letter" to your prospective host family. Don't forget it is very important that your letter is clear with plenty of information because the prospective families will recruit their au pair on view of the file only and there is plenty of competition.

For help, please review the list of things you should include in your letter below

What To Include...

  • Your Name, Age and Country of Origin
  • Where you live
  • Number of brothers and sisters and their ages
  • Your family background
  • Your education
  • Whether you smoke or not
  • If you like/dislike animals
  • If you are ready to drive in the UK or not
  • You should describe your personality as you see yourself and how your friends perceive you. Describe in details your childcare experience. The reasons why you want to come to the UK to be an au pair.

Working Hours

An au pair works 25 hours per week plus 2 evenings babysitting for pocket money of around £150 per week.

An au pair plus works up to 40 hours per week plus 2 evenings babysitting for pocket money of up to around £250 per week.

Duties include ....

  • Light housework (washing, ironing, cleaning/tidying the house)
  • Childcare and babysitting


The primary purpose of an au pair placement in the UK is to allow single people to learn English, by living with an English speaking family.

Normally au pairs want to study at a local college for a qualification. Your au pair will need to enrol in person as soon as they can after arriving. They will have to pay the fees in advance and will normally be tested to decide which class is best suited to their level of English. Some families provide assistance with these fees as it is difficult for a Au Pair to pay in advance upon their arrival.

Before you arrive, ask the family about...

  • English courses held in their area
  • The approximate costs involved


Whilst in the UK, au pairs are normally covered by the National Health Service. In the event of illness or injury, all doctor’s consultation fees are covered, although prescriptions would have to be paid for; approximately £7.65 per item.

In the event of hospitalisation as a result of accident or illness, all surgery, medical care, drugs & food etc. are paid for by the National Health Service. Au pairs should register with the family’s doctor soon after arrival.

Dental care in the UK is only partially covered by the National Health Service, and some dentists only offer private care. Dental care can be very expensive, and the au pair should take out private insurance to cover this.

Cars and Driving

Make sure you obtain an International Driving License before departing for England.

The family may assess your driving ability before you drive on your own. Some families pay for some driving lessons in their car as practice for their au pair and as a means of assessing their ability.

Be clear about any restrictions on the use of the car:

  • Can you use it in your free time?
  • Is it only for use when working for the family?
  • Do you have to provide receipts or get a weekly allowance for petrol?
  • Are you allowed to give lifts to friends?
  • Are you responsible for cleaning it?
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