Au Pair in France


Au Pair in France for the cultural experience of a lifetime

If you speak basic French, you can live in France as an au pair – no childcare qualification required!

From the safety of a host family, you can immerse yourself in French culture – cuisine, fashion, romance and style!

Our families live mostly in Paris, and placements are also possible in Lyon, Provence, South of France, Brittany and Normandy. Hop on a fast train (300 kms p/hr!) in your free time, and explore everything this beautiful country has to offer.

We offer you the opportunity to have a quality French host family organised in writing before you leave home.

We will guide you through the entire process and help you find your perfect family so you have full peace of mind before you leave Australia. So you can pack your bags and say goodbye to family and friends at home, knowing everything is already taken care of.

It is our 100% placement guarantee

  • We match your dream family requirements and introduce you to as many host families as needed until you are 100% confident you’ve found your perfect family!
  • We’ll advise – and advocate for you – on the very best pay and conditions (and perks) you can negotiate to ensure your time away is the best it can be.
  • Our families not only offer the best conditions, they treat their au pair / nanny the best as well! They will include you in family life and take time to get to know you as a person.
  • We offer 24 hour – 7 day a week local support throughout your placement, from  your dedicated in-country support expert.
  • Sound exciting? It is! Our applicants rave about what we do.
Au Pair in France

Summer Au pair in France, Long term Au pair in France

We offer two different au pair programs to France.

There is a short term summer option if you only want to stay 2-3 months.

For those with more time, we have a 9-12 month program.

Click on the buttons below for full program details.

When can I go?

  • 2 – 3 months in May – August
  • This is when many families want an au pair for the Summer school holidays
  • No visa required

What you receive:

  • Own private furnished bedroom, all meals provided, live-in with your host family
  • Help your host family for 25-35 hours per week with childcare, light housework, and maybe to practice their conversational English.
  • Earn weekly pocket money 80-100 Euro (A$140) for your sightseeing and going out.
  • 1 ½ – 2 days free time per week (usually weekends)
  • Support 24 – 7 from your dedicated local support expert in France throughout your placement, and from JCR Australia

Am I eligible?

  • Females or males aged 20 – 30
  • Speak English as a first language and basic French
  • Have 50+ hours childcare experience – eg babysitting, tutoring or coaching
  • Have an interest in French culture, adaptability and a positive attitude

Program cost:

  • NO application fee: $0 – pay nothing until you have accepted a family’s offer after interviews
  • Placement fee Summer Au Pair – $650
  • Payable after we have arranged your signed placement agreement with your chosen host family
  • Flights and travel insurance – arrange your own, or our partner STA Travel guarantee to give you an amazing deal!

When can I go?

  • 9 – 12 month placements, available all year round
  • Take French lessons at a local language college in your free time
  • We assist you obtain your 12 month France Au Pair Visa

What you receive:

  • Own private furnished bedroom, all meals provided, live-in with your host family
  • Help your host family for 25-35 hours per week with childcare, light housework, and maybe to practice their conversational English.
  • Earn weekly pocket money 80-100 Euro (A$140) for your sightseeing and going out.
  • 1 ½ – 2 days free time per week (usually weekends)
  • Support 24 – 7 from your dedicated local support expert in France throughout your placement, and from JCR Australia

Am I eligible?

  • Females or males aged 18 – 30
  • Speak English as a first language and basic French
  • Have 50+ hours childcare experience – eg babysitting, tutoring or coaching
  • Have an interest in French culture, adaptability and a positive attitude

Program cost:

  • NO application fee: $0 – pay nothing until you have accepted a family’s offer after interviews
  • Placement fee Long Term Au Pair $950
  • Payable after we have arranged your signed placement agreement with your chosen host family
  • Visa application fee to French Consulate – we arrange your sponsoring documentation and assist you obtain your visa
  • Flights and travel insurance – arrange your own, or our partner STA Travel guarantee to give you an amazing deal!
Au Pair in France

Testimonial

Nicola in France

From the very first day that I arrived in Paris I felt so welcomed as part of my host family & I feel like we have already formed a strong bond. It was lovely having a few weeks to get to know them better before getting into the school routine. I’m excited to start my French lessons today & meet some more au pairs there. I’ve already made some great friends through the welcome picnics & introductory meeting! I’ve attached a photo of me at a crepe restaurant in an old flour mill called Char à Bancs. We went there for dinner when we were staying with their Granny in Bretagne. Thank you for all your help in setting me up with my host family 🙂

Testimonial

Emilie in France

I have many many stories to share from my placement… I’ll start by saying that this was the perfect placement, for my host parents and for me. I’ve spent the past 10 months looking after a 4 year old girl and 5 year old boy. It’s a difficult age to care for because they don’t remember to do little things like blow their nose when it’s running, but, it’s also a very cute age where they ask you questions like ‘is there an ambulance for animals?’ after we saw a bird with a broken wing.

My host parents really made me feel a part of their family. I spent Christmas meeting their extended family and holidaying with them in the ski fields of Le Grande Bornand. We shared the same sense of humour and shared a mutual respect which motivated me to work hard. It’s an odd feeling, to feel like the single mum of children that aren’t your own. But if you’re lucky enough to feel loved by the kids you care for you’ll be surprised at how much you would do for them without thinking twice.

My family introduced me to many typically French traditions (and many yummy bottles of wine) and I think because of that, I have fallen in love with France. I lived in Brittany which is not the most popular area of France that you hear about but I think no matter where you are placed there is so much to learn and so much to see. Before my French classes started I was totally alone during the day when the kids were at school and during the weekends, this lasted one full month. So every weekend I took the car and drove to a new area of Brittany which I hadn’t seen before and it’s still some of the best times I’ve had here.

It’s daunting to imagine yourself flying to a foreign country where people speak a different language to your own. It’s even more daunting to imagine that ALL your friends and family are far away. But I found that it’s not too difficult to find friends. Travellers tend to stick together and once language school starts, the au pairs always find each other. In fact, the hardest part about making friends here is having to say goodbye because you can’t be sure when you’ll see them again.

Thanks again for the experience everyone at JCR. Writing this email made me cry! Haha. I’ve just had the best time of my life.

Testimonials

Elise in France

Thank you so much for helping place me. I know some times were stressful but you guys helped heaps and I really appreciate that. It is so nice here: the house is amazing and the family are so lovely and have made me feel very welcome. I also attended two days of school with Marie-Mathilde which was an experience. Very different to Australian school! I enjoyed it. The scenery is also very amazing! Petit roads and lots of trees and flowers!! The girl and I also have lots in common which is great. I will keep you updated with some more experiences soon!

Recent family placement in France

Au pair required for 3 month stay in France

Wage 80 euros (A$128) per week plus Paris travel pass (30 hour week).
The family lives close to the Eiffel Tower in Paris but during the summer they travel to their chateau in the countryside near Chateaubriand. The au pair would be required to travel with the family
They are after a caring au pair to help look after their 10 year old twin girls. The girls love music and dance and require an au pair to take them to after school activities, to play with them during holidays, assist in meal preparation and do some light housework.

Recent family placement in France

Nanny position for 12 month stay in North Brittany, France

Nanny required as soon as possible for a family with 3 children (girl aged 5 and twins aged 2)
30 hours of childcare per week required. Wage 100 euro (A$160) per week with full board and own furnished flat with an independent entry.
The family live in a detached house in North Brittany (west of France) close to the sea.
Must speak basic French, and will also take French classes nearby in free time. The au pair will go on holidays with the family in August on the Atlantic coast.

How to be an Au Pair in France

Find out everything you need to know about becoming an au pair in France.

  • Visa information
  • Program requirements
  • Role description
  • Host family information

Au Pair in France