-How to become an au pair in Belgium -

An au pair is a young person aged between 18 and 25 who stays with a host family abroad and looks after the children. The main purpose of the stay is to get to know the language and culture of the country.

Depending on the host family’s needs, the au pair can take on various tasks: looking after the children, entertaining them, helping with homework, carrying out light housework and even looking after pets if necessary.

Although the au pair usually has no formal training in childcare but has passion and experience in childcare. We guide you through the Self-match or Full-service administration and support you during your stay.

Au Pair Office

Why choose us?

Au Pair Office:• has a strong network of partners.
• offers a social safety net away from home.
• is in contact with host families and knows where the au pair will stay.
• takes care of the administration professionally and transparently.
• listens to the au pairs and gives professional advice.
• offers support when things get difficult.
• organizes monthly coffee breaks for au pairs.
• organizes two events per year.
provides follow-ups and 1-to-1 calls.
• has social media groups.
• is available 24/7 in case of emergencies.

Good to know

Additional information.

Good to know that:•During the placement in Belgium you can tour the most vibrant cities all across Europe with pm2am Student Trips.
•The program is one of cultural exchange.
•Household chores and childcare are not the sole purpose of the stay.
•All services are subject to typographical errors.
•All services are subject to different authorities; therefore, the au pair's arrival may be delayed or canceled.
•Au Pair Office cannot be held responsible for the consequences.
•If the au pair arrives later than the start date of the work permit, we can take care of extending the paperwork at an administrative cost;
This is done by Belgian au pair legislation.
•We also offer short-term and summer placements for EU candidates.

Practical

How does it work?

How does it work:• you are between 18 and 25 years old.
• you are unmarried and have no children.
• you have completed 17 years of secondary school and a diploma giving access to higher education.
• you have a good knowledge of English (at least B1 level).
• knowledge of French, Spanish or Dutch is a plus.
• you would like to learn one of the national languages.
• you have researched Belgian culture.
• you are mature, motivated, reliable, energetic and independent.
• you can provide at least three references (+200 hours of childcare experience).
• each reference relates to an experience of the past five years, where you are over 15 years old, and is not prepared by family or friends.
• you have sufficient financial resources (minimum 500 euros).
• having a driving license is a big plus.
• you can cook, cycle and swim.
• you hold a valid international passport.
• you have a blank criminal record and have the official certificate.
• you have a clean medical record and produce the official certificate.
• non-European au pairs: you are available for 12 months.
• European au pairs: you are available for at least two months.

Requirements​

Check all the requirements.

Requirements:
• An au pair must have a private bedroom, monthly pocket money, and health insurance.
• Au pair work in Belgium is limited to 4 hours of work per day, 20 hours per week.
• A European au pair does not need a work permit or visa in Belgium.
• A Non-European au pair legally resides in Belgium with a work permit and Visa and/or residence permit .

Au Pair Office

Why choose us?

Au Pair Office:• has a strong network of partners.• offers a social safety net away from home.• is in contact with host families and knows where the au pair will stay.
• takes care of the administration in a professional and transparent way.
• listens to the au pairs and gives professional advice.
• offers support when things get difficult.
• organizes monthly coffee breaks for au pairs.
• organizes two events per year.
• Au Pair Office provides follow-ups and 1-to-1 calls.
• has social media groups.
• is available 24/7 in case of emergencies.

Good to know

Additional information.

Good to know that:
• An au pair must have a private bedroom, monthly pocket money, and health insurance.• Au pair work in Belgium is limited to 4 hours of work per day, 20 hours per week.
• A European au pair does not need a work permit or visa in Belgium.
• A Non-European au pair legally resides in Belgium with a work permit and Visa and/or residence permit .

Practical

How does it work?

  1. You begin with an initial intake conversation where you receive information. After that, you create an online account and go through the registration process. Au pairs who apply through partner agencies have the intake and screening  with the local agent.
  2. During the registration, you upload the necessary documentation and answer the provided questions. Whether you choose the Self-match or Full-service formula, we verify the uploaded documents. Upon request, we can schedule an online screening for Self-match au pairs. Full-service candidates will be screened at all times.
  3. Once the application is complete, you search for your perfect match through video calls. Once a match is made, we initiate the complete administration. Once the dossier is complete* (and approved for Non-EU candidates), flights can be booked. We assist you and suggest flights. You can track the status of your dossier online or contact us for updates. Prior to the au pair's arrival, we send you the insurance policy and provide the necessary arrival information.
  4. Once arrived, the au pair must register with the municipality and fulfill various formalities. The au pair must open a European bank account where the pocket money is deposited and attend language lessons during the entire stay. Au pairs can participate in our events, training sessions, and monthly online meetings. We sincerely hope the au pair and the host family will quickly adapt to each other and that the au pair will become an important part of the family.If you have any questions or problems, please do not hesitate to contact us for advice and support.

    *For EU au pair placements, we prepare the contract and work schedule. For Non-EU au pair placement, we will organize the procedure for obtaining the work permit and, in the next phase, the visa. We will request the required insurance for the entire placement for all files.

Requirements​

Check all the requirements.

Requirements:
• you are between 18 and 25 years old.
• you are unmarried and have no children.
• you have completed at least 17 years of secondary school and have a diploma giving access to higher education.
• you have a good knowledge of English (at least B1 level).
• knowledge of French, Spanish or Dutch is a plus.
• you would like to learn one of the national languages.
• you have researched Belgian culture.
• you are mature, motivated, reliable, energetic and independent.
• you can provide at least three references (+200 hours of childcare experience).
• each reference relates to an experience of the past five years, where you are over 15 years old, and is not prepared by family or friends.
• you have sufficient financial resources (minimum 500 euros).
• having a driving license is a big plus.
• you can cook, cycle and swim.
• you hold a valid international passport.
• you have a blank criminal record and have the official certificate.
• you have a clean medical record and produce the official certificate.
• non-European au pairs: you are available for 12 months.
• European au pairs: you are available for at least two months.

Want to become an au pair?​

Important information

  • Non-European au pairs and host families sign the official Belgian au pair contract.
  • European au pairs and host families sign an official European contract.
  • The au pair contract remains valid for the entire duration of the au pair stay.
  • The au pair undertakes not to work in Belgium in any other way during the au pair stay or after the work permit expires and undertakes to leave Belgium from that moment onwards.
  • It is important that all expectations are discussed in advance and communicated to Au Pair Office so that we can include them in the official contract.
  • Au pairs are allowed to work 4 hours per day (including babysitting) which amounts to 20 hours per week, spread over a maximum of 6 days per week. The work schedule should be agreed in advance and should be clear to both parties.
  • One day off per week is mandatory. It should always be possible to freely engage in religious expression.
  • Public holidays of au pairs are not regulated by law in Belgium; during public holidays, au pairs are paid.

-In case of early termination-

  • It is possible to terminate the contract early for valid reasons.
  • The advice here is to observe a 14-day notice period with mutual consent.
  • For serious reasons, the au pair contract can also be terminated immediately without notice.
  • In Belgium, the au pair is entitled to a one-off rematch if the au pair has not yet reached the age of 26.
  • Au pairs receive at least 450 euros pocket money per month, including during inactivity or holidays.
  • Non-European au pairs must open a bank account on arrival.
  • Each au pair must be insured during the au pair stay.
  • Host families can take out these policies via Au Pair Office.
  • Outbound au pairs can take out this policy via the receiving or sending agency.
  • Each host family is obliged to take out an insurance for the Non-EU au pair during the entire period of the stay. The insurance shall cover medical, pharmaceutical and hospitalization costs. Furthermore, this insurance should cover any early repatriation of the au pair due to illness or accident.
  • The EU au pair should check with the health insurance company whether the cover for the stay in Belgium is guaranteed. The host family should also take out an additional insurance policy covering all medical costs and repatriation.
  • Au pairs must attend language courses throughout their placement. Depending on the region, the au pair will attend a language course in Dutch, French or German.
  • The course must be offered by a recognized institution: private lessons or distance learning will not be accepted by the Belgian authorities.
  • If the au pair has no basic knowledge of one of the regional languages, he/she will attend an intensive language course on arrival in Belgium.
  • The time commitment will be organized so that the au pair has the opportunity to follow courses.
  • You can check these links for accredited schools in Belgium.
    – Flanders and Brussels Capital region:
              · Compulsory test Dutch for foreigners click here. For adult education schools click here.
    – Wallonia and Brussels Capital region:
              · For recognized schools click here.
  • It is possible for a resident to drive with an international driving license for 185 days in Belgium.
  • An au pair can drive with a recognized European or recognized non-European driving license and convert it into a Belgian license during the stay.
  • Recognized licenses in Belgium can be found here.
  • Questions about liability and insurance will be answered by an insurance broker.
  • A European au pair can apply for a residence card in Belgium without a Visa.
  • A Non-European au pair for the residence card in Belgium with Visa.
  • Some countries are exempt from Visa requirements for short-term stays, and can therefore already travel to Belgium as a tourist. These nationalities can apply for a residence permit without Visa, if the other procedure has been followed.
  • It is allowed to stay in Belgium, during a work card application.

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I absolutely loved my au pair year in Belgium. The host family was really great, I learned a lot about the culture and also had some time to travel!

- Hannah, Au pair with au pair Office

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