Aupair, Nanny & Childcare

How to find work as an au pair or nanny in New ZealandThere is a high demand for au pairs, nannies and childcare workers all over the country and there are many jobs advertised every week on popular websites and via agencies.

Who is what? An au pair is usually a younger person from another country who lives with a family and provides care for children. You will generally get accommodation, meals and other perks such as use of a car as well as a weekly wage.

A nanny may or may not live with the a family. Often they will visit the home for a set amount of time each day and look after children.

A childcare worker will work in one of the vast numbers of childcare centres throughout the country. Often you will be required to be a trained early childhood educator but some centres have vacancies for non-trained staff. You are likely to need a current first aid certificate.

 What to consider

  • Do you actually enjoy children and would you be confident and relaxed with the responsibility that comes with the role? You may be required to drive children, take them on outings, help with homework, change nappies, bath children and feed them.
  • By going through an agency there will be a more professional hiring process and you have a place to go if things are not working out as expected with the family you are placed with. If you do arrange work independently then understanding the expectations your employers is crucial. You do not want to be 3 days in to your job and then realise you are expected to prepare 5 meals a week and clean the house.

 Resources for finding work:

  • Backpacker Board usually have a number of aupair positions listed all over the country
  • Trade Me have listings under the Education category


Pay Scale

If living with a family your meals and accommodation will be provided and then a weekly wage paid on top of that or between $150 and $250 a week. Nanny or child care work is more likely to pay an hourly wage of around $16.50/hr although this could be more in cities like Auckland and Wellington.

In Summary:

A great thing to do….if you like children. If you are not sure if you want to commit to a job for a required number of months, then try some help exchange for a week or two. You might find out that it is not your cup of tea.