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Hosting an au pair in Belgium

Do you live in Belgium and would like to host an au pair? Then you’ve come to the right place.
Find out about the requirements for becoming an au pair host family in Belgium.

Criteria for welcoming an Au Pair in Belgium

Hosting conditions vary from country to country. If you live in Belgium and would like to become a host family for an au pair, you’re on the right page. Find out below about the various conditions to be met to host an au pair in Belgium.

How can I be eligible?

Find out about the conditions for welcoming an Au Pair into your Family

More details below 👇.

Family checklist ✅

Household checklist ✅

Checklist for the organization ✅

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👇 For more information on the eligibility requirements for France:

General Conditions

The children

In your household, one of your children must be under the age of 13 before the arrival of the young au pair. For children under the age of 6 🍼 you will need to prove that they have another form of childcare for the duration of the au pair’s stay (or until the child reaches the age of 6). The au pair will be a complementary form of childcare.


The cost of an au pair

It is essential for host families to be able to cover the costs of hosting an au pair. Expenses related to the au pair include full board, i.e. three meals 🍽️ per day, accommodation (water and electricity), pocket money, health insurance* 🩺, etc.

💸 Parents must pay the au pair a minimum of €450 per month, by bank transfer.

💊 The family is responsible for paying for private insurance covering risks relating to medical expenses, pharmaceutical expenses, etc. for the young au pair valid for the entire duration of his/her stay. You must also undertake to cover the cost of repatriation or any other costs incurred by the State.

⚠️ In the event of illness, the au pair is entitled to free board and lodging.


The values of the programme

The Au Pair Programme is a cultural and linguistic exchange between you and the au pair. It enables young people to learn a language through courses and to visit the country through activities. With this exchange in mind, you and the au pair cannot be of the same nationality 🇧🇪. You must also undertake to welcome the au pair and integrate him/her as a member of the family 👨‍👩‍👧‍👦.

The room provided for the au pair must be suitable. That is, it must be at least 9 m², have a window overlooking the outside, have a lock to allow the au pair to have some privacy, be heated if necessary (particularly in winter) and be furnished. The minimum requirements are a bed, a wardrobe, a table and a chair 🪑 or more if possible. The bathroom 🚿 that you will provide is not necessarily private, the au pair may share it with family members.

The room may be in your home, or close to your residence if it is not possible to do otherwise. In this case, the au pair must maintain and clean his or her own living space.

You must allow the au pair access to your home, and provide them with a pair of keys to your home to allow them free access to your home.

⚠️ No family member is allowed to share the au pair’s room. The au pair must be informed that his/her place of residence will be different from that of the family (specify this in your profile and remind him/her of it during your exchanges).

🦋 Advice: We recommend providing a room in your house or flat and not external accommodation, as this allows for better integration and creates good relations between you from the outset 👍.


Draw up the Belgian hosting agreement ✒️ with the au pair defining the duration of his/her stay and the hosting conditions (pocket money, working hours, etc.) to be signed before the au pair arrives.

We can help you with all the administrative formalities, depending on the package you choose. ➡️ see our subscriptions and packages.


The work permit

Future host families must apply for an occupation permit and a B work permit from the Immigration Service of the Region in which they live (Flemish, Brussels, Walloon Region or the German-speaking Community). The family must attach a number of other documents to its application: a medical certificate, an employment contract, a certificate of good conduct for all adult family members, a copy of the au pair’s passport, etc. This permit is valid for 1 year and must be returned to the au pair on receipt.

🚨 Find out more on the website of your region, which publishes full details of the conditions to be met.


Working time and free time

📅 In Belgium, au pairs must not work more than 20 hours a week, and 4 hours a day. You must give them at least 1 day off a week. As far as holidays, paid leave and public holidays are concerned, it’s up to you to agree the number of days off beforehand. There are no legal provisions on this, but we strongly recommend that you give your employee at least two weeks’ paid holiday. This information will be included in the contract.

Au pairs have free time to visit the country, take part in activities, attend language courses, etc., at their own expense. The au pair is responsible for all expenses.

⚠️ Overtime must be agreed in advance and must be compensated by free time or pocket money.


Duties of the au pair

On your 🖥️ dashboard, you can select the tasks you would like the au pair to carry out. ☑️ Tick only those tasks you want the au pair to carry out.

⚠️ An au pair takes part in light housework (emptying the dustbin, filling the dishwasher), but cannot be considered as a cleaner. The au pair’s main role is to look after your children and do all the chores that concern them.

If the au pair needs to use a car as part of his or her job 🚗 you will provide him or her with a vehicle on which he or she will be insured (at your expense).

🦋 Advice: We recommend that you discuss the future timetable with your au pair beforehand, to include it in the contract. We know that our families take driving lessons for their au pairs to get them used to driving abroad, which also helps to reassure the families.

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Testimonials 👇

Read what our host families and Au Pairs have to say.

Frederic M
December 15, 2021
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Relevance of matches. We've used Butrfly now for 3 years in a row to find our au pairs, from South Africa, Germany and the USA. Each time, the team was able to find us the rare pearl by listening to our expectations. What a time saver compared to other services! Thank you!!!
February 8, 2022
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Great experience. Butrfly helped us recruit our 1st au pair. We were in an emergency situation and were delighted with the service and support. The profiles selected are really great. I highly recommend Butrfly.
March 3, 2022
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Butrfly was able to understand our expectations and the way our family functioned, so as to offer us the best profile. And the support doesn't stop there, as the team is always available. The principle of videoconferencing between families to discuss our questions is also a real plus!
Laura Dimaiuta
February 3, 2022
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Butrfly saved us! After going through Aupair World and finding the wrong person, Butrfly found us a gem! Highly recommended!
Barbizet Charlotte
March 21, 2022
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Very good experience with Butrfly. We found an Au Pair for next year, and we were very pleasantly assisted in our search.
Florence Rive
March 18, 2023
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We are very happy with our experience. Our au pair is very pleasant, participates in family life and gets on very well with our children. Butterfly manages the introductions efficiently and then follows up on the file.

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