Information for Au Pairs

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The Au Pair Programme in the UK

If you are looking to be an Au Pair in the UK, you have come to the right place. Whether this would be your first placement, or you have been an Au Pair before, Rainbow Au Pairs can help.

From 2021, we can now only recruit from 3 key demographics. They are:

  • Candidates with pre-settled status/settled status.
  • Candidates with dual British/Irish nationality who may reside abroad but want to be an au pair in the UK. We can also accept UK candidates.
  • YMS (T5). This stands for Youth Mobility Scheme (Tier 5). Here is a useful link to the UK government website about the nuts and bolts of the visa. This is a 2 year visa scheme open to young persons aged 18-30 from a list of 9 countries. Those countries are as follows:

  1. Australia
  2. New Zealand
  3. Canada
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Japan
  6. Monaco
  7. Republic of Korea
  8. San Marino
  9. Taiwan
We are keen to hear from anyone from these countries who may be interested in spending time in the UK as an au pair.

Demand has never been greater and we are already recruiting for candidates to start for August/September 2021 for 6 to 12 months.

We can promise you:

  • Fabulous, understanding and experiences host families.
  • Excellent urban locations in the South East of England.
  • Being paid National Minimum Wage/National Living Wage appropriate to your age.
  • Access to online English lessons with our preferred providers. (there will be fees payable)
  • Great placement support.

Best of all, we offer a FREE service to candidates, so there is no payment from you at all.


We also place English Au Pairs looking for positions in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and China.

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We match Au Pairs in London and the South East of England. We work with regular families who are mostly based in a town or city location, with good transport links and access to language schools.

Rainbow Au Pairs is actively involved in matching Au Pairs in London and the South East of England. London and the South East of England are popular destinations and we serve a wide number of families in this region. We are particularly focused on London as well as the counties of Kent, Surrey and Sussex, where we are based.

This area of the site has all the information a potential Au Pair needs.

Register to be an Au Pair

Find me an Au Pair

Do you have questions?

Call us on 01342 776151