Au Pair vs Nanny

The Au Pair program has its own regulations which the Au Pair and the family need to meet.

In case of nannies, the only regulation that applies to a live in nanny and a family is the country employee legislation – there are no exchange program rules to follow.

Although in case of nannies and Au Pairs the scope of responsabilties may seem to be similar, there are some major differences.

So, what’s the difference between an Au Pair and a nanny? An Au Pair is defined as a young person (between the ages of 18-30), who goes abroad to live with a native family and learn (or perfect) a language in exchange for childcare. Meanwhile, a nanny does not take part in any cultural exchange and gets a salary as in any other job.

Up to this day, there is no official “Nanny abroad” or “Live in Nanny” program. Nevertheless, it is possible to hire a nanny under a regular job contract (instead of the Au Pair contract). Families that are willing to hire a nanny must take into consideration that in most countries no visas are issued for this job.

There are several differences between an Au Pair and a live in nanny. In reality, they do not have so much in common besides the area of activity: childcare.