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Au Pair/ Help with Children

We are relocating to Zurich in May and would like someone to help with our children (3 year old boy and 6 month old twins) and some housework in the afternoons when the 3 year old comes home from school.

Does anyone have any information, recommendations or suggestions on where to look?

How much does someone like this usually charge?

Thank you in advance!
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Old 28.05.2012, 23:43
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Re: Au Pair/ Help with Children

Hello Stacey,

You will need to get in contact with an au pair agency because they are the only ones that will be able to get the proper work permits for bringing an au pair into the country.

The usual fee is 1800 CHF a month, but you can deduct costs of livings from the salary, as well as AHV and insurance. (But these are all required.)

If you need any other info, I'll help you if I can!

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Re: Au Pair/ Help with Children

Be forewarned however with an Aupair there are certain regulations I have heard- that they cannot speak you or your husbands language to gain a work permit.
And I believe there are rules for the # of hours in a week they can work.
Nanny's are different here, but cost a lot more and might be what you need for 6 month old twins. You will have to check out all of the rules though, I know there are a lot which is why many women in Switzerland choose to just stay home with kids. (Frustrating the country makes it so difficult) it often seems there isn't much other choice.
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Re: Au Pair/ Help with Children

Thanks for the info everyone! What we were looking for was a bit more casual than an au pair, but more regular than a babysitter. However, we have decided to settle into our new home/area first and start looking for help a bit later. If we do find something perfect in the meantime, then great!
Thanks again!
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Hello Stacey,

You will need to get in contact with an au pair agency because they are the only ones that will be able to get the proper work permits for bringing an au pair into the country.

The usual fee is 1800 CHF a month, but you can deduct costs of livings from the salary, as well as AHV and insurance. (But these are all required.)

If you need any other info, I'll help you if I can!

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This information is NOT CORRECT. The au pair agencies are only required for non EU permit requests.

Also for the OP, there is a technical/legal difference between an "au pair" (normally young, needs language classes, limited hours etc.) and an "house employee" (full responsibilities, less supervision, more hours etc.). If you want more info, do a search on EF.

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Re: Au Pair/ Help with Children

Thanks for the info Verbier. I will look into it.
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This information is NOT CORRECT. The au pair agencies are only required for non EU permit requests.

Also for the OP, there is a technical/legal difference between an "au pair" (normally young, needs language classes, limited hours etc.) and an "house employee" (full responsibilities, less supervision, more hours etc.). If you want more info, do a search on EF.
Yeah, that information is correct. I suppose I should have been more specific, for an English speaking (assuming that we are talking about au pairs that are English speaking, because we are posting in English Forum) American au pair (which I am) you would need to get in contact with an au pair agency. (i.e. due to the quotas) But I appreciate the rudeness, I will make sure to be much, much more specific the next time I attempt to give an answer to a question that no one else answered on this forum.
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Yeah, that information is correct. I suppose I should have been more specific, for an English speaking (assuming that we are talking about au pairs that are English speaking, because we are posting in English Forum) American au pair (which I am) you would need to get in contact with an au pair agency. (i.e. due to the quotas) But I appreciate the rudeness, I will make sure to be much, much more specific the next time I attempt to give an answer to a question that no one else answered on this forum.
Don't get your shorts in a knot Missy. They also speak English in a number of EU countries (i.e. UK, Ireland, Malta and any of the Scandinavian countries etc.) that therefore do not need to go via an agency.

You were answering the original question with an absolute based on your specific situation without mentioning it. This leads to confusion that I was trying to correct. Nothing more, nothing less.
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Fact is, there are many people here and elsewhere who are confusing all sorts of different roles and jobs, and who are very unaware of the regulations re those different roles. Some of those regulations are C/Kantonal and some are on national level. You need to find out from your C/Kantonal authorities exactly what is allowed, legal and expected for what you expect of the home help/Au Pair/Nanny, etc, before you employ somebody.

For An Au Pair, the number of hours is clearly limited and only light housework + no sole charge o young children, s/he is expected to have the opportunity to learn a different language from his/hers and attend regular official classes, etc. You also need to find out exactly what Insurances to pay for, social security payments, permits, etc.
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