Specific terms and conditions for the host family:
Guidelines concerning the host family in the Netherlands
- The host family consists of two or more people and you must have sufficient financial capacity to support the au pair. In the Netherlands, an au pair can also be placed with and help a couple without children.
- The host family has legal residence in the Netherlands.
- The au pair has not previously worked for the host family (in the Netherlands or abroad).
- The host family is registered in the municipal personal records database (BRP) in the Netherlands. The au pair is registered at the host family’s address and also resides there. The au pair is not permitted to reside at a different address than that of the host family.
- The host family and the au pair make a daily schedule for all 7 days of the week. The host family and the au pair sign this schedule. The daily schedule must include at least the following: – how many hours the au pair will spend performing light housework and who the alternative is for the au pair for performing light housework – which 2 days of the week the au pair has time off
- The au pair is an equal member of the family, part of the host family, and joins the family in the context of a cultural exchange. The au pair takes care of the children and performs light housework in exchange for an allowance, room and board.
- Officially, the au pair may not work more than 30 hours per week (spread over a maximum of 5 days) and a maximum of 8 hours per day. Because this concerns a guest being part of the household, the boundary between supporting the family and the au pair’s free time is sometimes unclear. Super Nanny Au Pair Services will advise you on how to maintain this boundary. The allowance for the au pair amounts to at least €300 and at most €340 per month.
- The au pair is entitled to 2 days off per week. This must include at least 1 full weekend a month. The au pair may be used to babysit no more than 3 evenings per week, provided that this fits within the maximum of 30 hours per week and the maximum of 8 hours a day. The au pair has the right to practise her religion up to a maximum of 3 evenings per week.
- The au pair is entitled to at least 2 weeks paid holiday for a 12-month stay. The au pair must discuss agreements concerning leave with the host family in good time. In practice, the au pair usually goes on holiday when the host family goes on holiday, but discuss this well in advance. If you like, you can also take your au pair on holiday with you. Please note that if you are going on holiday outside the Netherlands, your au pair is not allowed to do any work. This is separate from her right to 2 weeks paid holiday.
- The au pair may not carry out any work outside the family. She may stay in the Netherlands for a maximum continuous period of 12 months, after which she must immediately return to her country of origin.
- The au pair resides with the host family and is registered at the host family’s address. The host family provides the au pair with her own independent room of at least 12 m2, equipped with central heating and a window that can be opened. The room is fully furnished and equipped with a bed, table and chair, internet access, TV or radio. The costs for board (food and drink) are entirely for the account of the host family. Toiletries and personal care products should be paid for by the au pair herself.
- The host family provides the au pair with a bicycle and a mobile phone (prepaid). This way the au pair can be contacted at all times.
- The host family is responsible for applying for the right visa papers (provisional residence permit, MVV / residence permit, VVR) for the au pair, for registering the au pair with the appropriate authorities (e.g. Municipal Authorities) and for paying all costs associated with this. Because Super Nanny Au Pair Services is a recognized Immigration and Naturalisation Service (IND) sponsor, we will apply for both the entry visa (MVV) and the residence visa (VVR) for you. This allows us to carefully monitor the entire process. Applications for the MVV and VVR are submitted simultaneously. If you have an au pair without an entry visa, you are obliged to apply for the VVR through Super Nanny Au Pair Services yourself.
- Under Dutch law, the host family is responsible for taking out au pair insurance (medical expenses and repatriation) for the duration of the stay (maximum of 12 months).
- The host family pays for the return ticket (flight or other mode of transport) for the au pair, with a maximum validity of 12 months.
- Finally, the host family provides the au pair with the opportunity to take a Dutch course. The costs will be paid by the host family, with a maximum contribution of €395 incl. VAT.
- The host family must have sufficient income.
Au Pair and Exchange
The host family must earn at least the statutory minimum wage for their family situation plus 50% of the minimum wage for married couples and unmarried couples living together. The total income requirement then becomes:
The standard amounts under the Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act (WML) are revised each year on 1 January and 1 July by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and published in the Government Gazette. The standard amounts therefore apply until a new standard amount is announced by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment. Below are the standard amounts under the WML as applicable from 1 January 2019. A message has been placed on the website www.ind.nl.
The standard amounts for the host family are as follows:
- Standard amounts valid from 1 January 2019 to 30 June 2019
Host family with a married couple/unmarried couple living together Sv-loon per month without holiday allowance €2,423.70 Sv-loon per month with holiday allowance €2,617.61 Host family with a single parent Sv-loon per month without holiday allowance €1,938.96 Sv-loon per month with holiday allowance €2,094.08
The standard amounts under the Minimum Wage and Minimum Holiday Allowance Act (WML) are revised each year on 1 January and 1 July by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and published in the Government Gazette. Because the IND takes the standard amounts under the WML as a basis, you should take into account that the standard amounts will change on 1 January and 1 July.
The amounts above are gross amounts. For income from paid employment, the wage for social insurance purposes (sv-loon ) is considered. This is the wage used to calculate social security contributions. The sv-loon can be found on your pay slip and may also be referred to as ‘wage for the Healthcare Insurance Act’ (loon voor de Zorgverzekeringswet, ZVW) or ‘wage for income tax and national insurance contributions deducted by the employer’ (loon voor loonheffing) or ‘taxable wage’ (fiscaal loon). The income must be available for at least 12 months from the time the application is submitted.