Great news from BAPAA – the only government recognised trade association for the British Au Pair industry.
BAPAA has comprehensively updated the rules governing the Au Pair Programme in the UK to bring them in-line with other countries’ au pair programmes and to ensure that the UK remains attractive as a cultural exchange destination for prospective foreign au pairs. Heavenly welcomes this measure to ensure the continued flow of candidates into the UK. It is important that this cultural exchange, which is built around childcare, remains distinct from positions of employment within childcare. Au Pairs are not employees and are paid a weekly pocket money, as opposed to any salary, and are to be included in family life and treated ‘on a par’ with the family. An au pair is not trained nor qualified in childcare and will help the host family with their childcare whilst learning English and experiencing British culture. Read all about it here:
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