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

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 2019 & 2020

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

job-spain-graphicOn 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?

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 enrol 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?

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, Tenerife and Mallorca.

Spain Job Resources: “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.”

Hola AuPair

Business Address:
Calle Estambul 22
28922 Alcorcón

Telephone: +34669496925


Type of Business: Au Pairs agency

Towns or Areas Covered: All regions of Spain

Best Features:

Being Au Pair in Spain is a great opportunity for young people between 18 and 30 years old to improve their Spanish whilst living with a Spanish family in Spain and helping out in looking after their children.

We offer stays during summertime and school year.

No Spanish skills are required.

Main Description:

Working as an Au Pair is the best way to discover Spain and learn their culture and language. During your stay, you will have time to attend Spanish classes and practise Spanish with native speakers. Your main responsibilities as an Au Pair are to care for children and play a tutor role, speaking and playing with them in English. In return you will receive full board lodgings and a weekly allowance as pocket money.

The weekly salary will be agreed depending on the number of working hours. As per reference, Au Pairs in Spain are normally paid a minimum of 70 Euros a week when working a 30 hour week plus full board lodging.

Au Pair placements start from as little as 1 month, but the length of stay is flexible and depends on yours and family preferences.

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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  1. Hola!

    I’m looking for an Au Pair job anywhere in Spain, as of november 2015.
    I am a 26 years old responsible woman who would love to discover Spain, while working as an Au Pair nanny.
    I speak French, English and Spanish.


    • Hi Pascale,

      Just wondering did you find a job? Im an Irish mom living in Tarifa, Spain, and would be interested in speaking to you further about a potential AuPair position, live in and looking after my three year old little boy. contact me on if you are interested.

      Thanks Jennifer

  2. Dear family,
    I’m Giulia and I come from Italy. I’m 23 years old and I’m looking for a job as an aupair In Spain( Barcelona, Isles Baleares, Andalusia) for the summer period.
    I have a lot of experience with children. I have looked after newborn babies since their early days. I love to feed them, bath them, change their diapers and play with them. One of my best experience was to be an aupair in England for 10 months. I was responsable for the care, well being and safety of two young girls aged 9 and 6. This envolved helping them to get ready for school in the morning and being sole charge of them in the evening, including overseeing their homework and preparing their evening meals. This was in addition to a number of house-keeping duties during the daytime including laundry, tidying, general house-work and local errands such as trips to the local supermarket/post office/dry cleaners.
    Whilst in England I also attended language college on a regular basis in order to improve my English language skills.
    I did babysitting for several families in Italy and England too.
    I love dancing. I have been an assistant and teacher of classical and modern dance in a school dance.
    Many thanks,

  3. Hello,
    My name is Claire and I am looking for a job as an au pair in Spain for this summer 2015. I would like to be around Madrid but I will consider any other area. It would be for about two months between June and September. I am a French native speaker but currently live in England, I am fluent in both languages. I work in a secondary school in London so I am used to work with children and also have my DBS (CRB) checked. I love being around kids and hope to find a nice family to host me and help me make the most of my stay in Spain. I am a caring and responsible woman and you won’t be disappointed if you pick me 🙂
    Please don’t hesitate and contact me for more details

    Many thanks,

  4. We are a spanish family who are looking for an english native speaker au pair to start from now on to look after our 3 years old daughter called Olivia.
    We life in Pontevedra, Galicia and we would like to find someone who can care for our daughter and love kids.

    • Alexander says


      I am an English male nanny who would like to live in Spain for a month to improve my Spanish (I already speak basic Spanish). I am a native English speaker and I speak excellent English. I have a lot of experience with toddlers as they are who I normally look after as a nanny so I will care for your daughter very well and I do love kids (which is why I look after them for a job). I am ready to come to Spain as soon as I find a family to au-pair for, I have to leave Spain mid-August to start a teaching job elsewhere. If you have already found another au-pair, please give my details to any families and friends that you know who want an au-pair right now.

      Thank you very much,

  5. Hi,my name is Ivana and I’m looking for a job as a nanny in Cannary Islands, I’m 35 years old and I’m looking for a live-out position since I’m a single mum, plenty years of experience and I’m an english speaker, I have an experience with all ages, own a driver’s license, if you are interested we could continue via email, , thanks

  6. Hello,
    I am looking for a nanny job in Granada, Spain for summer 2015, but I have my own place to stay. I am currently a college student studying in Los Angeles, California and I have worked in child care for 5 years. I studied in Granada for 1 semester last year and can speak conversational Spanish.
    Thank you!

    • Hello,
      My name is Kate am relocating to u s a next month am looking for a cleaner urgently u s a please contacts me if you are interested in cleaning my house am paying you 400 per week…Get back to me if you are interested it very urgent

  7. Hi

    I am looking for someone to support a 6 year old with his homework, play games and share books for a couple of hours a week in the LosBalcones area of Torrevieja. This would suit a high school student or retired person BuT must be english spoken as he currently attends an English school. Good rate of pay.

  8. Hi parents, thank you for considering me to be au pair for your family. I am a Malaysian-Chinese woman who used to worked as a gymnastics coach for children aged from 1 to 10 in Malaysia. I’ve moved to Spain few months ago, as my partner has been transferred here for professional reason. I am fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Bahasa Malaysia (local official language in Malaysia.) I have 7 years experience working with children. I am bubbly and energetic person, always seeing the positive side of life. I am playful with kids but know to give discipline when required. My line of work has enabled me to interact closely with kids, get to know them, teach them about gymnastics in a fun way. I enjoy working with kids. I also have some babysitting experience as well as tuition experience as I was doing both part time for about 3 years. I have an international driving licence.

  9. dear sir or 26 years old currently living in from zimbabwe and i am a looking for aupair or babysitter job.i have 2 years experience in child care,im a english native a physical type of person that loves sports and fun.

  10. Male Aupair/Babysitter with good references available in Barcelona now. Call locally 625843851

  11. Hi Families

    My Name is Precious and I am from South Africa. Im looking for a job in Spain as a nanny.
    I can speak english fluently. I am 18 years old. I am playful, kind, loving and hard working.
    God Bless You.

  12. Ana Vazquez says

    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

  13. 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 my e-mail address
    Thank You…

  14. Shirani Clark says

    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

  15. 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

  16. 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:
    Feel free to ask any question.

  17. 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:

  18. Joanna Carter says


    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 with any questions.

    Thank you very much!

    Jo Carter

  19. 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:

    Kind regards

    Rachael Knight

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