Hosting an Au Pair is the perfect option if you are looking for reliable, flexible and affordable child care with an international twist.
The Netherlands have an official Au Pair program with special requirements for Au Pairs and Families.
Can you become a Host Family in the Netherlands?
Open the doors of your house to an international family member! Welcoming an Au Pair is the perfect chance for your kids to become more open-minded by getting to know another culture.
These are the requirements for Host Families in the Netherlands:
- Have at least one child under the age of 18
- Be able to pay the Au Pairs expenses (meals, salary, insurance, etc.)
- Have a private room for your guest at the family home.
- The family composes of 2 or more members. These persons have the Dutch nationality or a valid residence
- permit for the Netherlands.
- Families and Au Pairs cannot be related.
- They must be registered in the Netherlands in the Municipal Personal Records Database (BRP) of the corresponding municipality.
If your family meets all the requirements, you can start looking for your candidate! Register Here
If your candidate fulfills all the requirements then it’s time to sign the contract. Make sure to include the working schedule, responsibilities of the participant and your expectations.
Candidates for the Netherlands will need to meet some general expectations, for example:
- Good English knowledge – most agencies and families require Au Pairs to have very good English skills to be able to communicate with them. During their stay, candidates will also learn Dutch.
- Child care experience
- Not being married or having children of their own.
- Being healthy
- There are also some requirements that vary according to the nationality. Candidates from Non-EU/EFTA member countries need to request a visa and take a longer road towards the cultural exchange. However, being open to all nationalities will let you choose from a larger pool of applicants.
How to hire an Au Pair from a Non-EU country?
Candidates with Non-European Union nationalities need a visa/residence permit to live the experience in the Netherlands. For this process, they will need the assistance of one of the agencies approved by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND).
The requirements for the Au Pair program in the Netherlands are:
- Age: between 18 – 31
- Passport (it should be valid for the length of the stay)
- Ability to afford the visa and travel expenses
- The participant cannot be related to the Host Family
- Au Pair contract – provided by one of the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) approved agencies.
- The candidate has never had a residence permit for exchange purposes in the Netherlands
- The Au Pair has never worked for the Host Family
If your applicant fulfills all the requirements, it is time to make the final arrangements. Have a look at the following steps:
1 Get your agency
Host Families need to contact one of the agencies recognized by the Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND). The agency will manage the rest of the process, provide an official contract and start a residence procedure for a MVV (Temporary Residence Permit) and/or a VVR (Residence Permit Regular).
2 Take care of the insurance
Official regulations establish that all residents in the Netherlands need to have a health insurance. This can be acquired within four months after the arrival. To avoid any unnecessary and unexpected fees, we recommend to get a private health insurance in the Netherlands that covers accidents, illnesses and liability.
3 Residence permit
Once in the Netherlands, Au Pairs must register at the local office within the first two weeks of their arrival. Afterwards, they will be able to obtain the residence permit. The IND will send all the information to the Au Pair agency which will contact the Au Pair and provider her/him with more information about the process. It is not necessary to make an appointment to pick up the residence permit.
”It’s time for a new adventure”