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Host an Au Pair in France

The requirements to be a host family in France.

You are a family living in France and you want to host an au pair? Butterfly explains you the conditions you need to meet to become an au pair host family.

The eligibility criteria to host an au pair in France.

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

More details below 👇.

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General Conditions

You must have the financial resources to cover the expenses of an additional person under your roof (full board, pocket money, health insurance 🩺, etc.).

💶 The amount of the pocket money is €3 per hour.


The au pair program is a cultural exchange between the au pair and your family. The young student goes abroad 🌍 to learn the language and to visit the country. That’s why you must speak French at home, or at least with the au pair. ⚠️ Moreover, it is certain the integration of the au pair within the family is important for the good progress of the stay.

The bedroom you must provide must be at least 9 square meters with a window facing outside. Moreover, the room must be furnished with the necessary furniture 🛏️.

⚠️ The au pair cannot share the room with your children, only the bathroom.

If you don’t have an extra room, you can provide him/her with external accommodation to your house 🏡 or flat. This can be an annex, a maid’s room, a caravan, etc. Keep in mind, the au pair has to be aware about it.

🦋 Advice : We recommend providing a room part of the same place the family lives in, in line with the program’s values 👍.


It is necessary to establish a contract 📑 between the au pair and you in order to define the framework of the stay. This includes the obligations of the parties, the services due, the working hours, the remuneration, the duration of the stay, etc. We can write the agreement according to the package you chose.

The reception of an au pair is possible from 1 month to 1 year, with the possibility to renew the contract once.


Work and free time

Depending on their nationality, au pairs work 25 hours a week for a non-European and 30 hours for a European. You must give him/her at least one day off per week, preferably fixed, as well as one full weekend in the month.

📅 For holidays, the au pair has the right to have 1 full and paid rest week every 3 months.


You have to give your au pair some free time so that he/she has enough time to visit the country, do activities, attend her language classes, etc.

🦋 Advice : We recommend to talk about the future schedule with your au pair beforehand, to include it in the contract. 


On your profile, in your dashboard, you have access to all the tasks that your future au pair will be able to perform as part of his/her contract with you. Check only the ones you want the au pair to do. ⚠️ An au pair is neither a childcare professional, nor a housekeeper 🧹. His/her tasks must be related to your children (tidying up their room, preparing their breakfast, etc.) or to daily family life, for example taking out the rubbish or emptying the dishwasher.

Actually, the au pair is a complementary form of care for the child. It cannot be the main form of care 👶. The child must be in a professional childcare facility (nursery school, kindergarten, etc.) and the au pair complements this type of care.

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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.

Our families tell you about it

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