The British Au Pair Agencies Association (BAPAA) is the only recognised Trade Association for the au pair industry in Britain. This organisation was formed in 2003, on a non-commercial basis, with the purpose of setting standards for the au pair industry and protecting the au pair experience as a rewarding cultural exchange programme.
Members must meet firm business and ethical standards and, in turn, agree to abide by BAPAA’s Code of Conduct, which signifies competence, fair dealing and high integrity.
The Au Pair programme constitutes an important “cultural exchange” arrangement, which benefits young people worldwide and contributes to understanding between different countries and cultures. It supports the economy in the UK, enabling family members to continue working where it might not otherwise be possible.
Post Brexit and the end of free movement of labour from the European Union, the UK Government has chosen NOT provide an entry route specifically for Au Pairs
For those wishing to be placed as Au Pair the ONLY visa available is for nationals who are eligible to apply under the Youth Mobility Scheme Visa (Currently Australia, Canada, Monaco, New Zealand, San Marino & Iceland) (Nationals of Hong Kong Japan, S. Korea and Taiwan can apply in the visa ballot)
It is illegal to hire an au pair if he/she is on a Visitor Visa or visiting the UK for 6 months or less. Pocket money is considered to be payment for work
For further information of any nature please contact one of our few members who still offer inbound opportunities for young people.
Visit our Members page for contact details
It is essential to understand that an Au Pair must be treated as a family member and not as a domestic worker. Should the au pair’s position in the family be abused, the family can be found liable and minimum wage laws will apply to the placement.
Au Pairs from the EU, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein needed to have been living in the UK by 31st December 2020 to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme however the deadline to apply was 30th June 2021. An Au Pair from any of these countries must show proof of this pre-settled status if applying for a position.
Please note If you hold a Student Visa for a part time course you will not have the right to undertake any work, paid or unpaid, in the UK.