Au Pair Requirements in Ireland

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Ireland, known for its vibrant culture and friendly people, is a great destination for au pairs. Participating in an au pair program in Ireland offers young individuals a chance to experience Irish life and culture while providing essential support to host families.


To become an au pair or host family in Ireland, the following criteria must be met.

Requirements for Au Pairs

To qualify as an au pair in Ireland, you need to meet the following requirements:
  • Aged between 18 and 30 years old.

  • Unmarried and without children.

  • Basic knowledge of English.

  • Able to pay for travel costs.

  • Interested in going to Ireland to learn a foreign language and take care of children.

  • Access to sufficient financial resources (several thousand euros), not required for EU and EFTA citizens.

  • Non-EU citizens must prove they have several thousand euros to obtain a visa.

Requirements for Host Families

Host families in Ireland must meet the following criteria:
  • At least one child under 18 in your family.

  • Provide a separate room for the au pair.

  • Au pair should look after children and help with light housework.

  • Speak English in daily life.

  • Willing to give the au pair the opportunity to attend a language course and learn about Irish culture.


  • English
  • Irish


Ireland offers a unique environment for cultural exchange between au pairs and host families. Meeting these requirements ensures a rewarding and enriching experience for both parties.

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