Whilst Au Pairs can be asked to give a hand with a few household tasks, they are not domestic staff.
Housework is a very small part of an Au Pair’s role and should be no more than 5 hours per week limited to light duties largely linked to the children.
Please note that asking too much housework is the number one reason an Au Pair hands her notice in earlier than her planned departure date.
What a family can ask an Au Pair to do :
Her own washing and bedroom/bathroom
Children’s washing/ironing, putting their clothes away and children’s bedding
Tidy children’s bedrooms, communal areas, emptying the bins
Preparing children’s meals and washing up
Cleaning the bathroom that she and/or the children use
Cleaing the kitchen
Clearing up after meals however this should be a joint task!
Preparing the family meal – but this should be done with the family or taken in turns!