Professional Au Pair Work Hours & Duties

Apex PROaupair’s program follows the U.S. Department of State guidelines regarding au pair working hours and duties.


Professional Au pairs, or Care Professionals, can be scheduled to work up to 45 hours per week. Families should keep in mind the following limitations when creating their schedule.

  1. Working hours may not exceed 45 hours per week, or 10 hours per day
  2. The professional au pair should receive 1.5 days off per week and one full weekend per month (Friday evening to Monday morning)
  3. The professional au pair is entitled to receive two weeks of paid vacation during the first 12 months


Apex PROaupair recommends that host families provide care professionals with a written weekly schedule. During the interview process, host families will have an opportunity to explain the working hours and duties their family requires.

Duties and responsibilities

A professional au pair can be responsible for a wide range of duties when caring for children. Keep in mind that responsibilities should be limited to childcare and childcare-related tasks. A professional au pair is not intended to replace the services of other special care or education providers (such as therapists or teachers).

As a member of the family, professional au pairs may also participate in general household responsibilities that are shared among family members.