Flexible Live In Childcare
An au pair provides flexible, one to one, live in childcare. We place most of our au pairs in London.
An au pair provides flexible, one to one, live in childcare. We place most of our au pairs in London.
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.
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.
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.
You will be guided through the au pair experience by our friendly, knowledgeable and dedicated team.
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.
Complete our simple online registration form.
We will discuss your au pair requirements in more detail & answer questions.
We conduct a two way matching process, considering both your family as well as the au pair attributes, preferences & requirements.
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
We talk about your motivation & requirements in detail, check your language level and compliance & answer questions.
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!
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.
"Hi Tuuli, I just wanted to tell you that I am back in Germany again. I also wanted to thank you for everything you have done this year because it was amazing. Kind regards, Karolin Roese"
"Ines has been an absolute god-send during this difficult and strange period. We are so fortunate that she decided to stay with us and our house was definitely a more calm, organised and relaxed place because of it - we will all miss her terribly!"
"I would like to thank you for all the amazing support from the whole team! It's really been a great experience, which you have made possible in the first place. So a huge thank you for all you have done! I wish you all the best and hope you all stay safe and healthy!"
"Smartaupairs were an absolutely amazing pairs agency! They checked in on me every few weeks via email and phone calls. Whenever I emailed them they were very quick to respond and they were really helpful. They arranged meet ups with other au pairs and also had a Facebook group where you could get in contact with au pairs all over London/England. My year in London was fantastic many thanks to Smartaupairs!!"
"I've been really impressed with your customer focus. We've had a nanny for 4 years (much loved) and I was very worried that the transition to an au pair would be painful for the kids, the parents and the au pair. It's been quite the reverse. We are fortunate to have a super au pair, and it's all gone swimmingly (so far). I think the efforts you make to help the au pairs feel welcome and part of a larger au pair community are really important in making it work. We'll be in touch next year for a replacement! "
"It’s plain to see that the aim of Smart au Pairs is not shoving candidates through the system, but to ensure all parties has a very rewarding experience"
"I have been in London for almost a month now, and it has been so amazing! my host family showed me Brixton and took me out for dinner in the Brixton village the day after I came. I have also met My host-mum's parents, and we went out for dinner too. On my first day alone with my child, we went to the cinema to see planes, it was super fun and i loved it. On my first weekend my host-mum threw me a welcome party where se invited all her neighbours and some of her friends it was really nice, and I got to meet an au pair too. She is living with one of my host-mum's friends. the day after the party i went to play rounders with a lot of my host-mum's friends, it was really fun, and it was nice to get out and see the Brockwell park, where I run alot. I have also been to the theatre to see Siro-A, which was really cool. I also went clubing with one of my host-mum's friends' daughter, she is a year older than me. it was reallt fun to get out, and see how they do it in England :)"
"I have been so lucky to have been blessed with the most amazing host family. The children are wonderful and my host parents are amazing and have made me feel at home, a month in and I feel like I am part of the family, which I felt from day one!"
"Using Smartaupairs has been a great start to our first experience of having an au pair. Their comprehensive and personal service gave us the reassurance we needed to introduce a much needed pair of extra hands into our expanding family. Our aupair has fitted into our family routine, taking over the school run and looking after the children very well, which has made life with my new baby much easier and less stressful. Thank you Tuuli for the excellent service you gave us."
"Choosing Smartaupairs as my placement agency has been the best decission I could have made! I’ve been living in Kingston upon Thames for almost five months now and to be honest, I didn’t expect it to be such a great experience. Not only do you get a unique insight into the amazing British culture, but also you get the chance to take responsibility and in particular work independently with children. Therefore I really think that the last few months have had a positive impact on my personal growth and skills. During this journey Smartaupairs has definitely been of great help. It took me less then a month from sending my application to the agency to flying over to London which exemplifies how fast the process is handled. The assistants repeatedly reach out via email to make sure you are still happy with your placement and also offer you a variety of ways for socializing in your area, constantly being interested in making your stay as enjoyable as possible. Given that I wasn’t even charged a fee, I was positively surprised about how excellent the support was and would definitely recommend Smartaupairs to anybody who wants to make his way as an Au pair abroad!"
The national minimum wage guidelines are changing in April 2024. Source: National Minimum Wage Rates The following weekly rates for live in au pairs/childcarers apply (these ar…
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 :
You can trust us to work to the highest standards in the industry, we are members of both BAPAA (British Au Pair Agencies Association)
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!
We would love to help you with any questions you may have.
Simply fill out the form or contact us directly using the following:
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