BAPAA is the only recognised Trade Association for the British Au Pair Industry and was formed on a non-commercial basis with the sole purpose of setting standards for the Au Pair industry.
The BAPAA website was created to help families find reputable and registered Au Pair Agencies throughout the UK. BAPAA provides support, advice and guidance to its members and helps to set industry standards for the benefit of host families and Au Pairs.
Are you considering hosting an Au Pair for the first time or are you looking for advice on the many benefits of hosting an Au Pair?
Are you a young British person wishing to be an Au Pair in Europe or the USA, or are you coming from abroad and want to be an Au Pair in Britain? If so, please have a look at our Au Pair section.
Is your main goal to provide an excellent level of support for host families and Au Pairs? Do you wish to join BAPAA, an association that is recognised for professional excellence within the Au Pair industry? Do you want to become a member?
We are fast heading into 2021 with NO visa/route for EU au pairs.
This, despite years of lobbying and campaigning by the BAPAA Executive Committee.
The general message from the Home Office can be seen below (to directly quote MP Kevin Foster, Minister for Future Borders and Immigration):
“I understand many au pairs have come from within the European Union, yet from 1 January 2021, free movement will end, resulting in EEA and non-EEA citizens being treated equally. However, EU citizens who arrive prior to 31 December 2020, will be eligible to apply for this Government’s European Union Settlement Scheme. As has been the case since 2008, the UK’s points-based immigration system will not offer a dedicated route for au pairs and one will not be created as part of the new system being introduced on 1st January 2021. It is not legal for au pairs or their prospective employers to abuse the visitor’s route in the way suggested as they receive renumeration in exchange for their childcare services. Anyone behaving in this manner could find themselves subject to law enforcement action, yet there are other immigration routes which may exist for people who may wish to take up these roles.”
The time is running out and we urge you to support our campaign to save the au pair program.
Please visit https://saveaupairs.uk for most recent updates & how you can get involved in saving the future of the au pair program.