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The pocket money for au pairs in Belgium is €450 per month. They cannot do additional work for more pay.
Au pairs in Belgium can work a maximum of 20 hours per week with a maximum of 4 hours per day. They can only work 6 days a week.
Au pairs in Belgium are entitled to at least 1 full day off per week. There are no official regulations for holiday time, but it is recommended that au pairs get 2 weeks of holiday for a 12-month stay.
An au pair in Belgium can stay for a maximum of 12 months.
It is required that an au pair takes a language course of their region in Belgium during their stay. They must prove periodically that they are growing in their language skills.
The cost of the course is the responsibility of the au pair, but we recommend that host families also make a contribution toward the cost.
As part of the au pair program, au pairs are entitled to all meals and housing from the host family. They must live in the same house as their host family and should have a private room with a door, window, bed, wardrobe, and desk as well as access to a bathroom. Their food and living quarters are included if they become sick or are on holiday time.
The au pair is mainly responsible for childcare during their working hours which can include some meals, planning activities, and pick up from school. They cannot work during the night.
They can also contribute to light household tasks especially those that relate to the children such as doing the dishes, organizing toys, or doing the children’s laundry. Their responsibilities do not include heavy household work such as scrubbing bathrooms or vacuuming the whole house.
EU citizens can drive with their home country’s license in Belgium. Non-EU citizens can drive for the first 6 months with their home country license with an international designation. After 6 months, they must exchange it for a Belgian license.
All au pairs must take out private health, accident, and au pair insurance during their stay. Host families are responsible for paying the cost of insurance during the au pair’s stay.