Get a Job in Spain as an Au Pair or Nanny – Want to Find a Nanny or Au Pair? – List Your Vacancy

If you have been searching for work for some time you would have realised that it can be quite difficult to find work without actually being in Spain itself.

One of the very best ways of finding work and jobs in Spain in advance of moving to Spain is getting a position as an au pair or nanny.

Certainly if you are a young female who likes children this represents a fantastic job opportunity for you. This article will answer all your questions about working in Spain as well as helping you to find work itself.

The advice and tips on this page would also apply if you are looking for childminding and childcare work in Spain, work as a housekeeper or babysitter in Spain.

Employing a Nanny or Au Pair in Spain

Are you reading this page because you are looking for a nanny or au pair?

On this page we help you if you are searching for and need:

  1. Nanny agencies in Spain
  2. Nanny vacancies
  3. Spanish nannies
  4. Au pair wanted
  5. Au pair agencies
  6. Spanish host families
  • You can place a free advertisement at the bottom of this page for childminders, babysitters, nannies or au-pairs.
  • Your vacancy or position must be in Spain.
  • Please provide as much information and details as possible in order to help the applicants, be clear on what you are looking for and expect.
  • In addition to wages you are normally expected to accommodate your nanny/au pair as well as provide meals.
  • Be clear if you wish your nanny or au pair to perform any other duties other than looking after the children, for example housekeeping chores.

What is a Nanny or Au Pair?

Au Pair Spain 9image hosted by aupair-spain.com)An au pair or nanny is a girl or woman who helps and assists a family by looking after their children.

Although this is primarily a childcare role it can also involve an element of housekeeping or housework.

It is also normal to board or live with the family you are working for.

In most cases you will be treated as one of the family.

If you are searching for work as a housekeeper in Spain then typically this would just involve a position whereby you were looking after a house in terms of maintenance and cleaning as opposed to actually looking after children.

In some countries the term nanny (or nannie) is defined differently to au pair in that a nanny is someone who has professional childcare qualifications as opposed to an au pair who doesn’t have any qualifications.

For the sakes of this article we don’t distinguish between the two but if you are a responding to a job advertisement then you should be aware of this.

Spanish Nanny Jobs – What Qualifications Do I Need?

No formal qualifications are necessary and you will not need a visa if you are an EU citizen. In this instance you will be allowed to be employed for as long as you or your host family wish to employ you.

Non-EU citizens will need a visa and depending on what nationality you are, you will need to check the current regulations with your embassy or consulate. The standard regulation is that you will be allowed to stay up to 3 months in Spain and you will need to enroll in a course to learn Spanish before arrival.

Tips and Advice to Getting a Job as an Au Pair or Nanny

It is important that you realise there is a lot of competition for each position that is advertised by a family in Spain. Therefore how do you give yourself the advantage over other people who also seek the same position you do?

The most important aspect you can focus on is the family’s concerns about the well-being of their children. Their kids are their most precious thing in the world and they will be very concerned or worried about who they are entrusting their child’s safety to.

If you can reassure the host family of your reliability and trustworthiness, you will be in a good position to get the job.

So how do you do this?

Clearly references would play a large part in establishing your credibility and reliability from previous employment with other families. Of course if this is your first job as a nanny or au pair you are at an immediate disadvantage over others with more experience.

Providing as much information about you and your interests as well as photos will give a better overall picture of you and your personality to the host family.

In addition it would also help you to gain an advantage if you speak fluent Spanish or at least conversational Spanish. Most families looking to employee nannies and au pairs in Spain will be Spanish but there will also be a number of expat families where you won’t necessarily need to speak any Spanish.

Summer Jobs Working as a Nanny/Au Pair/Childminder

Working for a family usually involves a relatively short-term contract for just a few months.

Often this is so the family can get to know you without being overly committed in case they change their mind.

In many cases as you become part of the family and the children become more and more attached to you, the family typically will want to extend your contract and keep hold of you for as long as they can!

If you are happy you could even continue working for the same family for years although after some time it is likely that you will want to move on. Let us not forget that you will generally be living with the family and will want to move on and have your freedom.

It is clearly very difficult to start long-term relationships when you are working as a nanny and au pair. These types of positions are best viewed as a great working/life experience and opportunity to travel the world while getting paid at the same time.

If you are really lucky and you are a student looking for nanny/au pair work for the summer, you may just find a vacancy for the period which coincides with your summer holidays. Even better, you might just find a family who vacation each year for the summer in Spain!

Believe it or not this does happen because many wealthy families like to spend their summers in Spain but they want to relax and have somebody to look after their children so that this is possible.

How Much Can I Earn as an Au Pair or Nanny in Spain?

Nanny in Spain (image hosted by trippinn.com)The question of how much you will be paid to work in Spain as an au pair or nanny is the question most frequently asked of us.

Of course there is no one answer but we certainly can give you a guide, which is on average €200 per week.

Although it looks like you are very lowly paid, these types of positions to come with a lot of living expenses included.



If you were to looking for other work in Spain such as bar work or teaching jobs in Spain then you would also be very poorly paid but you would then need to find accommodation which certainly won’t be cheap, whereas when you work as a nanny or au pair you are usually living with your host family and so you don’t have any rent, utility bills or food bills.

Your family will also usually ensure you have private medical care whilst in their employment. If you are a United Kingdom citizen you should certainly apply for the EHIC card which will entitle you to emergency medical treatment while in Spain.

Although you will be getting paid for the work you do, you may wish to also take additional spending money for any time off that you have from the family although this is usually very rare. Obviously your host family will not be expected to pay for your personal spending when in Spain.

What Do I Have to do as a Nanny or Au Pair?

This is very much an individual question and will vary from family to family. Most jobs will be live-in but some jobs will involve you just working from Monday to Friday while the mother and father are both at work.

Some families would employ you only to look after the children while someone else does the housework. Other families would expect the nanny and au pair to perform other duties in between looking after the children. Typically these would include cleaning, chores, schooling, looking after pets and doing the shopping.

Most problems or misunderstandings that arise can be avoided in our experience by making absolutely clear what your duties are to be. If in doubt talk to the family so you know exactly what is expected of you. Try to get this in writing to avoid any disputes in the future.

Do I Need an Employment Contract With My Host Family?

Having a written agreement between the two parties is not only common sense but highly recommended to avoid any misunderstandings. Items that would be in the contract would be the length of employment, your salary, your duties, your weekly working hours and a notice period for both parties.

Who Pays for My Travel?

This is a very difficult subject because of the potential of fraud and being scammed. It makes sense that the family do not send any money in advance for travel costs in case they are being scammed. Therefore you should be paying for your travel costs and then when you arrive in Spain the normal procedure would be for the family to reimburse you by adding your travel costs to your wages.

Where Can I Find Job Vacancies in Spain?

Obviously you will find on the Internet a number of nanny and au pair agencies who specialise in introducing potential nannies to families who live in Spain.

We also offer a free listing service below at the bottom of this page where potential employees and employers can contact each other.

Other situations vacant can be found in the classified advertisement sections in Spanish national and local newspapers.

Vacancies may be in any parts of Spain you are more likely to find vacancies in the major cities of Spain where often both parents go to work. These cities would include Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville and Malaga.

Other popular areas of Spain tend to be the areas that have attracted the most expat families such as the Costa Del Sol where many wealthy families live in towns and cities such as Marbella and Puerto Banus. Costa Blanca is another popular region with many expatriates as are islands such as Ibiza and Mallorca.

Spain Job Resources:

Newaupair.com “Our aim is simple: to provide the best choice for host families looking for help with childcare services in your home – wherever you live in the World.”

Easy Au Pair – International Au Pair And Nanny Job Site.

Great Au Pair – “GreatAuPair is the leading international online job matching service used by families to find affordable, trustworthy caregivers, providing a safe place to easily connect, get advice and hire with confidence. Since 2001, GreatAuPair has helped over 1,000,000 families and care providers safely connect online for local and international care jobs.”

 

Do you want to advertise for free your vacancy for a childminder, babysitter, nanny or au pair in Spain?

Au pairs and nannies wanted in Spain?

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Do you want to list your job wanted as an au pair or nanny in Spain?

Simply fill out the comments box below – note that any personal information you type WILL be published and publicly available for all to see.

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Comments

  1. Jenna Spencer says:

    I would like to be an au pair in Spain during the summer of 2013.

  2. Childminder / housekeeper. I have 21 years experience in childcare, have looked after children in Mallorca and England. 1st aid trained, police checked, References and CV available upon request
    I am a car driver, live in Mallorca.
    My phone No is 0034 669805956
    My email dawn_powell69@yahoo.co.uk

  3. Lindsay Parkin says:

    Housekeeper/Childcare job wanted for 2013. I have over 20 years of experience as Care Assistant/housekeeper/Childcare. I have cared for the elderly,sik and children and love my job as a carer. Up to date CRB check. References and CV available upon request.
    My phone number is 07906026231
    My email is lindsayp08@hotmail.com

  4. KAREN MILES says:

    I AM A PROFESSIONAL NANNY WITH OVER 20 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN CENTRAL LONDON. I AM ALSO A MOTHER OF TWO BEAUTIFUL TEENAGE DAUGHTERS. I HAVE WORKED FOR HIGH PROFILE FAMILIES WHO DEMAND THE HIGHEST STANDARD OF CHILDCARE, WITH DISCRETION. I AM RELIABLE, LOVING, TRUSTWORTHY AND FLEXIBLE. I AM KEEN TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE INDIVIDUAL CHILD TO ENCOURAGE THEIR SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT. I AM KEEN TO WORK FOR A FRIENDLY AND CARING FAMILY ON THE COSTA DEL SOL. I HAVE A FULL CV AND EXCELLENT REFERENCES. DRIVER, CRB CHECKED, BACKGROUND AS A QUALIFIED NURSE. CONTACT NO> 0034 633 404 239.

  5. Hello
    I have appropriate training and experience in Bulgaria and abroad. I love children, especially babies. I cope perfectly well in a stressful situation, without yielding to panic. I am a widow and raised my children, which is an invaluable experience. I’m used to with the housework, and deal with cooking, laundry, shopping. Surely I can be useful, especially since my own children are already large and require not my presence. Not a problem to work anywhere as long as my relationship with employers to be based on mutual respect and understanding. I’m honest and discreet and expect the same.
    Greetings and good day!
    skype jeni_jeni5100

  6. Nannyworld.es says:

    We help babysitters find babysitting jobs in their area and help families
    find great babysitters to care for their children
    If you are looking for a part time or full time job for extra money during
    your stay in Spain, you like kids and have experience in the child care
    field, you can become part of our team being a nanny/babysitter.

    • Hi, I´d like to work as a summer au-pair in Spain. I´m 28, a teacher of English and German from the Czech Republic. I also speak quite well Spanish and would like to get better. I have very positive experience with being an aupair in England and Germany. I could teach your children Eng. or German.
      If you´re interested, please let me know as soon as possible. Here is my email: terryanna@seznam.cz
      Thanks:)

    • Caitriona says:

      Hi my name is Caitriona , I am 31 years old.. I am fully qualified in childcare I have over 10 years experience, currently I am living in Ireland working in a crèche and want to relocate to Lanzarote … if you have any information on how I would get a job in childcare I very much appreciate it.. Thank you Caitriona :-)

  7. Carmen Fratila says:

    My name is Carmen. I’m an ex-teacher of English and I have an about 25 years’ experience with children especially in teaching. I’d love to work and live in a Spanish family with children looking after them and speaking with them in English as well, and doing some housework if it is possible. I can speak and understand Spanish; I was in Barcelona in summer 2011 for 2 months, but I couldn’t find any job, as I didn’t know anyone there and it is very difficult without any recommendation;
    I’m looking forward hearing from you soon!
    Thank you a lot;

  8. Madelein says:

    Hi
    Family in Ireland needs an au pair!
    We live in a quiet village! You’ll be required to look after 2 toddlers and pets 5days per week, 35 hrs per week!
    You have to have nessesary experience references!
    €100 per week is what we offer! Preferably someone aged between 19 – 28! Start date 20/3/13!
    Email me your cv: don.maddy@hotmail.com

  9. Dear Families:
    My name is Nuria, I am pharmacist student from Marbella and I am looking for a job like babysitter.
    I have experience since 2001 and references. I can speak English, Portuguese and Italian.
    I am very patient, positive, nice and helpful.
    If you need a babysitter during your holidays write me an e-mail.
    E-mail: nuriacervan@hotmail.com.

    Best wishes!!

  10. Lorraine says:

    Hi i’m Lorraine. I’m looking for work in Gran Canaria.I have been living in Telde for the past 24 years.I have experience looking after children and old people with alzeihmers.I have my own car.I consider myself a very positive person who loves caring for people and helping in all i can.I speak fluent spanish. I am a very hard working english woman.
    If anyone is interested this is my email addy: l.hayman@hotmail.com

    Thanks very much for your attention and un saludo! Buen día!

  11. Victoria says:

    Hi
    I am from the UK and in my 3rd year at university studying law and Spanish. My 3rd year is at Malaga University. I am looking for summer vacation work in Malaga between July and September 2013 as an au pair.

    • Cristina Aranda says:

      Hello Victoria, are you still looking for a job as au pair in Malaga? It would be for this summer 2014. Please reply. Thanks.

      Cristina

  12. Hannah O'Neill says:

    I’m looking for an au pair or summer bar work job. Can move out as soon as possible.

  13. Rachel Joyce says:

    Good afternoon,
    My name is Rachel. I am currently looking for local employment.
    Are you looking for Childcare ? Do you want English lessons for the children?
    Maybe it’s help with Admin you require?
    I am 45 years young and have raised 3 children (21,24 & 27))
    I am looking for a ‘live-out’ position
    I am currently learning,Spanish

  14. Hello,
    My name is Susana (37) and I am looking for someone to help me with household chores and with my son Oscar (19 months now) from the first of July to the end of September (3 months).
    We are looking for someone young, in good shape, soft-tempered and playful, who can swim and preferably with a driving license. Previous experience with babies is required.
    The job is in La Coruña, northwestern Spain, in a big country house next to the beach where my whole extended family spends the month of August together. We expect the nanny to help out with other chores whenever she is not helping out with the baby. Daily working hours: 9.
    The job includes housing and full board, all day Saturdays and Wednesdays half day off.
    We offer 900 euros a month. We don’t pay for transportation but will pick up, drive to the airport.
    If interested, please contact me at: milnes10@hotmail.com

  15. JANET JHONSON says:

    Hi
    Am Janet am 44 i hv expirence rasing and looking after children .
    I speak english, spanish, french and italian .
    i love kids and i live in spain.

    • Hi, we are looking for a French/Spanish speaking au pair, we have 2 children and line in Marbella.
      Do you know of a suitable au pair?
      Kind regards

  16. Hello
    Am promise 22 years. I live in Spain,
    Am looking for au pair or bar job. I speaks english, french and curently learing spanish.
    pls contact me. my email is albartpromise@yahoo.co.uk.

  17. georgina gibbins says:

    Hi I am 18 years old and have just completed my level 2 in childcare in the UK. I do not currently speak Spanish but I am going to do an online course soon. I am qualified to work in a British nursery with this qualification, I was going to continue with my level 3 which would qualify me to work in a school but I wish to take a year out .Whilst doing my level 2 I have worked on a placement 2 days a week in a nursery so I have experience also. Do you have a ‘ live out’ position near Benalmadena / Marbella for 2014. My mother and sister are also coming over with me so any other positions you could help me with would be great. Thanks.

    • Cristina Aranda says:

      Hello Georgina, are you still looking for a job as au pair in Spain, it would be in Casares- Sabinillas, which is about 15-20 km from Marbella. It´s for this summer 2014. Thanks.please reply soon.

  18. AU PAIR IS NEEDED IN USA…. My husband and I are looking for a nanny/au pair to care for our chjldren We want someone who is outgoing and fun as our children are quite active and do require someone with lots of energy :) Someone who is religious is great however not a necessity, We are a christian family however are just looking for someone with good morals and values to care for our children. Someone interested in sports and fitness is a plus. There would be light cooking for the children and laundry as w
    The family’s interests include We love the outdoors, camping, walking, going to the park. We love conversation and company so a nanny or au pair who wants to be part of a family would be definitely what we are looking for. We want our nanny to feel like one of us not a worker. u can contact me true my email address:SJAME626@GMAIL.COM

  19. Moyra gahan says:

    Aupair /mothers help position available immediately in Barcelona center.
    Working mum needs someone to care for little boy 5 years old.
    Very friendly warm house hold , in the center of Barcelona, all expenses covered, 100 euro per week, with lots of free time .

    Excellent references essential, as well as a genuine love of children, must be prepared to stay for a year year minimum.

    Interested ?

    Please contact Moyra

    667834642

  20. Charlotte Slark says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I have recently relocated to Marbella and I am seeking work in Housekeeping/Mother’s Help/Cleaning.

    I have 9years experience within this industry and I have been running my own business in London for the past 3years. I have some fantastic references and I have worked with children (young and old).

    I am pet friendly as I have 3dogs of my own and I have owned and worked with horses in the past too.

    Please consider me if you have any positions you feel would match my requirements and email nathanlake1988@gmail.com and I shall respond with my CV.

    Regards,
    Charlotte Slark

  21. Rachael Knight says:

    Dear Sir/Madam,

    I am an experienced housekeeper and Au pair. I am seeking work in the Canary Islands to relocate as a live out nanny. I have 10 years experience with excellent references. The duties included; Taking the children to school, shopping, cleaning whole house, pick up dry cleaning, light admin work, walk the dogs, pick the children up from school, homework duties, make dinner in time for parents to come home too.
    The children I have worked with range from 6months old to 16 years old.
    I am reliable, trustworthy and have full history of excellent references which can be contactable for future employers.
    I have lived in Tenerife and Benidorm in my childhood, attended a Spanish state school and speak/read and write Spanish (Castellano).

    Please consider me when making this life changing decision any questions you may have please email me: Rachael.knight86@gmail.com

    Kind regards

    Rachael Knight

  22. Joanna Carter says:

    Hello,

    I am a fully qualified Nursery Nurse looking for a nanny position around the Marbella region from July/August 2014. I am also first aid qualified, have an up to date CRB check and can provide outstanding references.
    I would prefer a live out position but would consider live in. Please feel free to email me on joannacarter1984@gmail.com with any questions.

    Thank you very much!

    Jo Carter

  23. We are searching for english speaking childminder for 3 year old boy (4 years in August) in Marbella, for two months – July and August. Just for 2 hours few days a week. If you are interested please send e-mail on: rapoport.pa@gmail.com

  24. Cristina Aranda says:

    Au pair in Casares Coast – Puerto de la Duquesa needed. 18 to 24 years old english girl with skills in children required. Live in position ( with the family), take care of a 6 years old girl some hours a day and answer a phone and talk to english customers (family bussines). Job starts this summer 2014 (july until september) Send CV to: crisarandaes@yahoo.es
    Feel free to ask any question.

  25. French/Spanish au pair required for British family with 2 children living in Marbella/London. We are interested to discuss short term and long term position. Send C.V to nadine_ap@hotmail.com

  26. Shirani Clark says:

    Hello
    We are looking for a English speaking au pair (20+ years, female) to join us in Ibiza from July 30th to August 17th. We have a little boy who is 4 years old.
    You will need to have lot of experience with children and be happy to help out with any light chores such as washing, light cleaning, helping to prepare food.
    You will do some babysitting at night when we go out for dinner but there will be several nights when you can go out too.
    If you are interested please email me your details including CV and photo to shiraniclark@gmail.com
    Thanks
    Shirani

  27. Olga Ventosa Ribe says:

    Hello, we are a family from Barcelona that is looking for a native English speaking au pair from Septemer 2014 on. We have 2 lovey girls that are 2 and 5 years old. You can check our profile here: https://www.aupair-world.es/aupair_detail?&a=2487847 . Send me an email if interested! ovr79@hotmail.com

  28. Hello….
    My name is Karina…
    I live in Valencia and am looking for a job like : Childcare, housekeeper, babysitter..;
    I am 30years old, very patient, careful…
    I will do my job with love…
    I speak English, Russian
    So if you are interested with my sevice please contact with me.
    +34631721438 my mob. number
    karageghamian@hotmail.com my e-mail address
    Thank You…

  29. Ana Vazquez says:

    AUPAIR FOR MALAGA
    Hi, we offer an aupair position for native english girl or german who speaks fluent english.
    Please be free to ask as you want about the position and my family.
    We live in a nice Spain area that I´m sure you know about. We have had other au pairs (we can provide you their e-mails if you want) who spent a really nice stay here. We live in areally nice house with garden and swimming pool in Malaga, 5 minutes by bus from the nearest beach. The girls are lovely and very interested in keep on improving their english. You would have your own bedroom with bathroom in suite (I can send plenty of pictures…)
    You will not regret!!
    My e-mail is anavsalvi@gmail.com

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