Nanny or Au Pair
Age and Cultural exchange programme
An au pair is between the ages of 18-30 and comes to the UK to learn or perfect her English in exchange for childcare.
A nanny can be any age and does not take part in a cultural exchange programme.
Wage and working hours
Au pairs can only work on average 30 hours a week and on top of their accommodation will normally get what is classed as ‘pocket money’. ‘Pocket money’ on average is £100.00 per week and as long as they earn less than £118.00 per week and have no other income this does not need to be declared to HMRC.
A nanny receives a wage in line with the national minimum wage.
Au pairs must have the chance to attend a language course.
A nanny does not have to attend a language course.
An au pair is seen as a temporary family member.
A nanny is seen as an employee.
An au pair needs a visa specific to an au pair.
Nannies who are coming from abroad need a work visa or permit. A nanny cannot work under an au pair visa.