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What do you do as an au pair during your stay in Italy?

Datum: 05/10/2021
Over de Auteur: Manou is naast onze queen of blogs, zelf ook erg actief op insta (@manouzwolle) en is ook het brein achter de Nanny Nina socials (@nannynina_nl). Je kan haar omschrijven als een creatieve, dromerige kluns en een hele goede vriend voor haar vrienden en haar kat Molly.

How old do you have to be to start working as an au pair in Italy and what does the process consist of? Which documents do you need and what exactly are you going to do? In short, how do you become an au pair in Italy? All questions that we will answer in this blog. Read on!


Bella Italia! Who wouldn’t want to become an au pair in Italy? When you stay with an Italian host family as an au pair, you will feel part of the family in no time!

Of course there are important conditions that you must meet as an au pair. We have listed the most important ones below.

Conditions to start working as an au pair in Italy:

– You are between 17-30 years old

– You have a nationality other than Italian

– You are unmarried and have no children

– You have enough money to pay for your trip

– You have basic knowledge of the Italian language


To enter Italy it is important that you have a valid ID or passport. In addition, it is important that the host family submits a Dichiarazione di Ospitalità (statement of acceptance) within 48 hours of the au pair’s arrival.

If you want to stay in Italy for longer than 3 months, you must register with the residence register of the place of the residence of the host family. This requires valid health insurance and sufficient financial resources to support the family. A certificate with name and address is then issued directly by the resident’s registration office.

The next step is to apply for a tax number. The codice fiscal in Italy is a combination of letters and numbers that indicates the most important data of the citizen. If you want to stay in Italy for more than 3 months as an au pair, you must submit an application to the tax authorities.

For this you need your ID (and a photocopy of this) and the registration certificate. A day later you will receive the tax code and a health insurance card by post.

If you are staying in Italy for more than 3 months, it is important that you register with the national health service, also known as the SSN: Servizio Sanitario Nazionale. For this you go to the local health authority of the host family. Do not forget to bring an ID or passport, the registration certificate (iscrizione anagrafica) or certification of the current address in Italy (autocertificazione) and the identification number (codice fiscal).

More information can be found on the information page of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


The au pair and host family should discuss mutual expectations before arrival. These agreements must then be written down in a contract. In Italy there is no official standard au pair contract. However, the European contract can be downloaded and adapted to your needs and those of the host family.

Carefully discuss your expectations with your host family and state this in the contract. This way you avoid disappointments.

The au pair is primarily responsible for the care of the children of the host family. In addition, the au pair is allowed to do small household tasks such as vacuuming, loading the dishwasher and doing laundry. These agreements can be written down in the au pair contract.

As an au pair you must have sufficient free time and the opportunity to follow a language course. You pay the costs of this course yourself. The au pair lives in the home of the host family and receives free board and lodging. There are no official rules regarding pocket money for au pairs in Italy. We advise host families to pay au pairs between €250 and €300 per month.

In Italy it is possible to agree with the family how many hours you will work as an au pair per week. As a general rule, the au pair may not work more than 30 hours a week. These 30 hours must be spread over a maximum of 6 days a week and the days may not be longer than 5 hours a day, this includes babysitting.

The legal notice period for an au pair contract is 14 days. If serious circumstances so require, the contract may also be terminated immediately.

Days off

Au pairs are entitled to at least 1 day off per week. At least once a month this should be a Sunday. There are no official rules regarding holidays for au pairs in Italy. You will discuss this with the host family. When the au pair stays for longer than 6 months, she is usually entitled to 2 weeks of vacation.

Au pair insurance

Au pairs who come from the European Union and stay in Italy for no longer than 3 months are covered by the health insurance of their home country during this period.

Au pairs should contact their local health insurance company prior to travel for further advice on accessing health services in Italy.

It is important that au pairs bring the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with them, or request it before departure if they do not already have it. Au pairs should note that after receiving medical treatment they will have to pay a co-payment, also known in Italy as the “ticket“.

Au pairs who are EU citizens and plan to stay in Italy for more than 3 months should check their options to access healthcare in Italy. Or find out if it is possible to register with the Italian National Health System (SSN).

To register with SSN, au pairs must have registered with the local Italian town hall and also have a tax identification number.

In addition, the host family must pay the standard registration fee on behalf of the au pair.

Are you ready for a new challenge?

So, you now know what the requirements are and what the process to become an au pair in Italy consists of. All you have to think about now is the foreign adventure that awaits you!

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