Save Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UK

Save Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UKSave Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UKSave Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UK

We need YOUR help to ensure Au Pairs can continue to come to Britain and British Au Pairs can go to Europe after Brexit! 


Au Pairs in UK

Current government visa proposals will result in Au Pairing between the UK and EU coming to an end

The UK Au Pair Industry is calling for a widening of the already well established Youth Mobility Visa (Tier 5) with 'au pair' as a sub category, in order to keep the UK Au Pair programme open to the benefit of young people and tens of thousands of working families who depend on an au pair for flexible childcare.


  • Visa to include a financial exemption in this visa category if Au Pair is sponsored by a family checked by a reputable agency. Financial status is irrelevant as Au Pairs are given free Accommodation (board & lodging) within the family home AND a weekly pocket money of £80-£100.
  • With no cap on numbers.

Further parameters that can be proven to support Au Pairs having a financial exemption include:

  • Proof of official invitation by UK host family which is endorsed by an approved Au Pair Agency.
  • Age 18-30
  • Au Pairs to provide overseas Police Check (similar to our DBS)
  • Possible minimum level of English requirement
  • Tier 5 Youth Mobility Visa is  open to ALL nationalities (as with au pair visa in France, Netherlands, Germany) 
  • Length of stay 1 year, but can stay for up to 2 years as the visa is valid to live and work in the UK for 2 years
  • All au pairs required to show proof  of private medical insurance, therefore no 'drain' on the NHS.


This category encourages the educated foreign youth community to come and experience life in the UK and being an Au pair for the first year is a great way to improve English to a higher standard and learn more about what it is like to live in the UK as part of a British family which would then enable the young person to then move on to a professional opportunity for year 2 of their visa.

Thousands of host families benefit from hosting Au Pairs who support them in their childcare needs which include Key Workers, Shift Workers, Single Parents who cannot necessarily rely upon other forms of childcare due to unsociable working hours or financial costs.

Au Pairing rights have existed in the UK for more than 30 years and before the UK joined the common market. However BAPAA have been informed that there is no official status for Au Pairs with free movement ending 31 December 2020, DESPITE ASSURANCES FROM PREVIOUS NOTABLE MINISTERS UNDER CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT IN 2018-19 THAT THE AU PAIR PROGRAMME WOULD NOT BE FORFOTTEN AND IS A VAULABLE CONTRIBUTION – THE EU PAIR PROGRAMME HAS BEEN YET AGAIN… FORGOTTEN!

POST BREXIT -  The youth mobility visa is an existing Visa and we demand the UK government to automatically allow EU countries to be eligible and included in this visa to enable their young people to continue to come here for up to 2 years.
The cap on numbers should be lifted in accordance with the advice from the migration advisory committee.
An Au Pair’s living costs are underwritten by a host family so proof of this role should enable a reduction in the level of financial proof required.

Au Pairing between the UK and EU is under severe threat from Brexit, which could spell an end to the ability of Au Pairs from the EU to join families in the UK, and an end to UK young people joining families in the EU.

The Petition

Save au pairing in the UK

 AU PAIRING between the UK and EU is under severe threat from the uncertainty of Brexit, which could spell an end to au pairs from the EU joining families in the UK, and an end to UK young people joining families in the EU.

Au pairing is a unique form of cultural exchange for young people that is neither work nor holiday, and where visits last much longer than typical holidays. It therefore requires clear provision in immigration law for suitable rights that are different to work or holiday visas. These rights existed for 30 years before the UK joined the Common Market and will need to exist again after the UK leaves the EU. However, at present there seem to be NO PLANS for such arrangements in any Brexit proposals.

As a result, Europe’s oldest, simplest and most effective cultural exchange programme between the UK and EU countries could simply come to a halt.

This would mean an end to the mutually beneficial exchange that takes place between a young person and a family with children. An end to the tradition where a young person joins a family as a temporary family member, providing help with childcare and family activities in exchange for a secure place in the family and for pocket money. An end to the programme of individual learning (particularly of the host country language) and mutual cultural exchange.

It would also be a catastrophe for thousands of hard working families, as they struggle to adjust their work and living arrangements, and a hit on the productivity of UK plc.

This valuable experience needs to be protected, to give young people and families a clear and secure basis on which to continue to enjoy the benefits of au pairing.

After calling upon Theresa May, David Davis and UK negotiators, and on Jean-Claude Juncker, Michel Barnier and all EU Heads of State,  in 2018 to make clear and unambiguous arrangements that ensure the door stays open for young people throughout the EU to make extended visits to the UK and for UK young people to make extended visits to the EU for the once-in-a-lifetime experience of au pairing 

WE ARE HERE AGAIN TO DEMAND that Boris Johnson and Priti Patel  include Au Pairs to fit within a visa category from the new immigration polices that have been published and to commence on 1 January 2021.

Save Europe’s oldest existing cultural exchange programme for the sake of young people and families.



Latest News #SaveAuPairs Campaign

Sandra Landau, MBE, of BAPAA is Live on BBC Television!!!

Sandra represented BAPAA (British Au Pair Agencies Association) and the @SaveAuPairs campaign on BBC Breakfast television on Thursday 30th Nov. 2018.   Read full article on BAPAA website, under News and kindly scroll down to 2nd item. 

Thursday 30th November Sandra is live on BBC Breakfast, having been invited to speak about Au Pairs

Thursday 30th November Sandra is live on BBC Breakfast, having been invited to speak about Au Pairs 

What do we need to save?


Au Pair Childcare

Thousands of British families depend on this form of cultural exchange, which is based around childcare, to enable them to to work. Au Pairs most commonly live with families with school aged children, where they are instrumental in managing family life. Au Pairs will take children to school and collect them again later. They also take children to their afternoon activities and many will even  prepare a simple meal for the children. This enables parents to work, which supports not only the family, but underpins the UK economy


Exploring Europe through Cultural Exchange

We have learned over the years that the world is a better place if we understand one another. Travel, meeting other people, experiencing different cultures and learning to speak their language makes people more tolerant and accepting of each other and of their different ways. 

This understanding renders us and future generations more capable of creating dialogue and collaborative working, as opposed to disagreements, wars and walls! 

Differences of opinion is a guarantee, it is how we deal with these that makes the world of difference.


Cultural Exchange

The Au Pair Programme is one of the safest and most inexpensive ways by which a young person can travel, learn another language and truly experience the authentic culture of a country. 

For many years after an au pair placement ends the au pair will continue to be an unofficial ambassador for that country, and will always seek to build bridges before building walls.

Au Pair comments


…recommend everybody to do it……best experience of my life…..enjoy what we do……fun experience…

Au Pair Yoli


"They are my family abroad"


Maggie Dyer , BAPAA PR spokesperson

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Save Au Pairs is a campaign to save the Au Pair programme in the UK.

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