Au pairs may from July next year work for a maximum of 20 hours per week in a family and up to 4 hours a day. Now that is a maximum of 30 hours per week. That’s what Secretary Teeven (Security of Justice) and Minister Asscher (Social Affairs) decided.
Research by the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) found that both au pairs and host families are overwhelmingly positive about their experiences with the au pair. But half of the au pairs indicates to work more than the maximum 30 hours per week
That is not the intention of the scheme according to the government. Au pairs may not be seen or act as a fulltime nanny or as an employee. In a letter to the Lower House Teeven and Asscher suggest that the premise of the au pair scheme is cultural exchange. They may perform the au pair light housework in exchange for pocket money and stay with a host family. But that has an additional nature.
To give firmer shape cultural exchange and to prevent improper use of the scheme the maximum number of working hours of au pairs will be adjusted downward. In addition, following a Dutch language course is a compulsory part of the exchange program so that au pairs are given sufficient opportunity to learn Dutch. The cost for this course will be borne by the host family