Flexible Live In Childcare

An au pair provides flexible, one to one, live in childcare. We place most of our au pairs in London.

Top Calibre Au Pair Candidates & Qualified Childcarers

Our agency reputation attracts wonderful au pairs and qualified childcarers from a wide variety of nationalities throughout the year. Allowing your search sufficient time is key to finding the perfect match.

Vetting & Screening

All our candidates are vetted. You will be able to read their references, police checks & personal applications. Smartaupairs works with the best, industry approved partner agencies.


We take great care of our host families & au pairs & believe we offer superior service – from initial consultation/interview to placement aftercare. We believe we offer to screening, matching & the placement after care.

Simple & Efficient Search Process

We believe our matching process is second to none. We listen to both the host family & the au pair preferences & requirements to ensure a mutual match.

Friendly Team

You will be guided through the au pair experience by our friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated team.

Why Smartaupairs?

Read our testimonials & feedback to see why our host families return to us year after year and why au pairs recommend us to their friends!

Our international team places many au pairs from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, South Africa (with Ancestry Visa) & EU (with pre-settled status) & Ukraine (with UK working rights). We also place British overseas & Irish nationals. 

Just one easy online form supported by friendly & efficient service from one of our au pair experts.

How does it work?


Complete our simple online registration form.


We will discuss your au pair requirements in more detail & answer questions.

Receive & Review Matches

We conduct a two way matching process, considering both your family as well as the au pair attributes, preferences & requirements.

Interviewing Au Pairs

We provide you with a handy interview guidebook to help you get started in preparing & conducting au pair interviews.


We will help you confirm the placement by supplying all the support material & a sample invitation form.


Our family handbook guide will provide you with lots of tips & advice on how to best manage the first days/weeks & months together.


Complete our simple online registration / we receive your application from our overseas partner

Interview with Smartaupairs

We talk about your motivation & requirements in detail, check your language level and compliance & answer questions.

Receive & Review family Profiles

We conduct a two way matching process, considering both your and the host family preferences. All families have extensive information, including references & photos.


You will complete interviews with potential host families, usually via Skype or Facetime


When a family offers you the role, we will help you confirm the match by supplying all the support material & invitation form.


Our au pair guide will provide you with all the relevant information in how to best prepare for your au pair stay. We also send you a friends listing for other local au pairs & you have access to exclusive monthly events & au pair community. You officially become a smartaupair!

Smartaupairs Success Stories

At Smartaupairs, we are lucky to see many au pair hosting success stories!

Here, host mum Maisie and her au pair Irene (Sussex), and Claire and her au pair Kirby (Kent), share their experience.

You can find many many more on our blog!


You can trust us to work to the highest standards in the industry, we are members of both BAPAA (British Au Pair Agencies Association) and IAPA (International Au Pair Agency Association). Smartaupairs is also a proud winner of the International Au Pair of the Year Title.

Here's what our au pairs & host families are saying

Host Family Testimonial - May 2024
A lovely testimonial from a family who are currently hosting…
Mother's Day - Celebrating Host Mums

What a week it has been - first international women's day - then we finished on a high with Mother's Day.  This is what makes the cultural exchange progam so special - it's not a o…

Au Pairs and National Minimum Wage - 2024 Update

A very important update - at Smartaupairs we have followed the UK national minimum wage guidelines for a few years now, however it appears that the …


Register Now to Find an Au Pair

Our au pair candidates are screened by professionals as we work with the best au-pair agencies all over Europe and Australia.

We always check au pair interest before introduction - saving you time, as you will only be reviewing applicants who have confirmed interest for your family first of all.

Our au pairs have :

  • Informative profile + handy summary of all key details
  • Picture(s)
  • References 
  • Interview report (naturally, we speak with all of our au pairs)
  • Police report

Our au pair agency places au pairs mostly London and the South East of England including the counties of Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Hertforshire and Sussex. We are based in Kent and we naturally place many au pairs locally. We have candidates on our books at any time of year - although the recent Brexit decision and general decline in applicant numbers does mean that longer search lead time is strongly recommended.

After your online registration, we contact you for a telephone consultation. This consultation gives us a chance to better understand what you are looking for and allows you to ask questions before the search begins. We will tell you honestly if we feel that any particular requirement would be difficult for us to meet. Whether you are looking for a particular skill, hobby or nationally, we will do our best to find the right au pair for your family.

We help you to make the most of your profile, ensuring that all your priorities are reflected to allow us to introduce you to selected candidates that are appropriate for your profile. Our introduction service is about quality, not quantity. 

Your profile is password protected and not on public display online. Only team members and relevant candidates will be given access to your details. You information is safe with us and you will not be bothered with unwanted e-mails. 

Our specialist knowledge British families allows us to focus on your requirements. Our team is a mix of experienced people and we learn from each other, our families and our au pairs.

We provide support at key moments, just before your au pair arrives in Britain and during their settling-in period. At any other time, you, your au pair and their family back home can contact us, we have a 24 hour emergency helpline.

Our fees are fair, clear and competitive. 

Finally, it comes natural to us to treat all your personal information with the care and attention it deserves. Feel free to read more in our Safety & Privacy section.

You can relax throughout the process, while we work our absolute hardest to save you time, money and effort!

Register With The UK's Leading Au Pair Agency


We would love to help you with any questions you may have.

Simply fill out the form or contact us directly using the following:

Trade Fair House, 2 West Ct Enterprise Rd, Maidstone, ME15 6JD


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