What is Light Housekeeping?

Au pairs can work up to 45 hours per week, 10 hours per day. If you would like your au pair to complete housekeeping duties, it must stay within the 45 hours per week. Each family is different, but here are some reasonable expectations:


What the State Department says: “While the primary responsibility of the au pair is to care for the children, au pairs can perform some household duties that are child related (meal preparation, light housekeeping, etc.)”

But what does that mean to you?

Au Pairs should expect to do any necessary cleaning associated with the children (assist children with cleaning these spaces, if age appropriate):
o Children’s Laundry
o Children’s Bathroom
o Children’s Bedrooms & play spaces
o Children’s Toys/Belongings
o Preparation and Clean-up of Children’s Meals

Au Pairs should never do anything associated with the parents:
o Parent’s Laundry
o Parent’s Bathroom
o Parent’s Bedroom
o Parent’s Belongings

Au Pairs should clean up after themselves
o Au Pair’s Laundry
o Au Pair’s Bathroom
o Au Pair’s Bedroom
o Au Pair’s Belongings

Au Pairs should always leave a room as neat or neater than when you arrived
o If you sleep on it, make it up
o If you wear it, hang it up
o If you drop it, pick it up
o If you cook or eat from it, wash it up
o If you make a mess, clean it up
o If you open it, close it.
o If you borrow it, put it back

I hope this clarifies what “light housekeeping” is and I wish you all the best in finding the right balance for your family, including the au pair!

Friday, 11 May 2018 2:21 PM


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