Get a Job in Spain Working as an Au Pair or Nanny

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 2022 or 2023

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.”

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?

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  1. Jean Kristine Daguinot says

    I wanted to apply as an nanny/Aupair I’m from Philippines

  2. Helen Palacios says


    My name is Helen Palacios and I am a Nanny in the Marbella, Spain area. I have more than 20+ years teaching children both Spanish and English. I have also worked as a Nanny for 4 and a half years. With my experience, I know I will provide quality service for your family working as a Nanny in the Marbella, Spain area. Please send me an email at :

    Look forward to hearing from you!

  3. maziar taherkhani says

    Hi everyone my name is Maziar I’m a student looking for a babysitting job so I can pay my university next year. I studied in the UK and I’m fluent in English language and I’m also happy to teach your son or daughter this beautiful language too. I came to spain to my family for now before going to university. I raised my little cousin since he was born and I have 4 years of experience with childeren and raising them right. I am friendly and also I have cooking skills and housekeeping experience. looking for families to help in Madrid. contact me please if you are interested in my offer.

  4. melonie liwanag says

    Hola i am melonie, 29, yrs old , filipina, looking for extra job in august good for 1 month, i am currently working outside madrid, as housekeeper, is there any job left for me in summer let me know, i can provide references.. 602637152 send me WhatsApp

  5. Hello Ralph,

    Is the position still open? Please let me know. My WhatsApp number is +63 9613229911.




  7. Elaine Maggs says

    My name is Elaine, I am from Australia, but at the present time I am living in the UK. I arrived last December, after deciding that it was time to go do some traveling and just take that leap of faith.
    My 4 children are all grown and have given me my 6 beautiful grandbabies.
    At the moment they are all living around the world, busy creating their own amazing adventures.
    I miss them all very much.

    I was a nurse for 16 years and the rest of my adult life, I have spent in the hospitality industry, but I enjoyed motherhood the most.
    I would love to move to Spain, and I feel a position as au pair or nanny would be perfect for me.
    This would be my first formal position as au pair, but I feel that with all I have achieved and done in my past, that I have gained vast knowledge and life experiences, to enable me to look after and care for your children and home.
    I am fluent in English but
    I currently do not speak Spanish, but believe living and working in Spain would give me a great oportunity to learn.
    Look forward to hearing from you soon
    Yours sincerely

  8. Ralph Lister says

    I am British and my Russian wife and I are looking for a full-time live-in nanny-come-housekeeper. We live in a sizeable house with pool in the hills just outside Barcelona, Spain. We have one 15-month old son. Ideally, we would find someone who is either British or Spanish – both languages being important in the family and for our son to learn. This would not be a temporary position, and the right person would become a part of our family. The role would be child-minding with house-keeping duties. We’d love to hear from you.

  9. Hi everyone! I am Malou 48 years old from Philippines and worked in Hong Kong for more than 18 years as Nanny and Helper. And now recently work in Turkey as Nanny

  10. RACHEL DAWSON says

    I am a friendly and positive native English speaker looking for a host family in the city centre of Granada for the next academic year. I have three years experience of being an au pair and I have worked for ten years in education. I am passionate about learning languages and about other cultures. I enjoy teaching children English and expanding their vocabulary through play, sports, cooking and hand crafts. With my current au pair family the children have learnt about and celebrated Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day with me. Please get in touch of you are interested. References available on request.

  11. Hi dear future family. My name is Lidija and I am Serbian-Hungarian.
    I am positive, social person. Calm with a great sense for others. Very emphatic and loving person. Recently I moved from Sweden, wrere I used to live for 2 years to Spain. And at the momemnt, I am on some kind of au pair program until mid september, here in Basque country.
    After that I would like to find a nice family I can offer my services regarding child care.
    For the last couple of years I am working with children, with a private individuals because I like closer contact with people. It is more human. I graw up in a nice and loving family and I lerned the importancy of the family. I have younger sister, who lives in Sweden and have a 4 years adorable son who I love.
    I am very patient and organized person.
    I love sun, outdoor activities, swimming, dancing, music. I speak several languages so far: serbian, english, spanish, swedesh, hungarian. And aiming to learn few more.Beside that I am a writer and a bloger and freelancer as well.
    I prefer livin out position since I have a partner and we would like to live together (hope that you understand).
    I am availible from october onwords.
    For more info yoou can contact me via mail: or if you prefer via whatsapp (+46762077488).
    Wish you all a great day.

  12. Niamh Fletcher says

    Hi families my name is Niamh I currently work as a nanny in Dublin Ireland. I am seeking a job in Puerto Rico Gran Canaria. I have 13 years experience working as a childcare provider both as a Montessori teacher and nanny. I also have experience working with children with learning, physical and mental disabilities. If you are interested I would love to hear from you, Niamh

  13. Amanda Loveday says

    I’m an English teacher in Aragón, NE Spain (1.5 hrs to coast and Pyrenees).
    A few of my students’ families would love to host an pair for 2 weeks this summer so that their children develop a love of English in a natural way.
    They’d like an English-speaking big brother or sister, caring, sociable and fun, to enjoy summer activities with their children (walks, games, pool, trips).
    The families are carefully vetted. All are keen, kind and welcoming.
    If you think you’d make the most of this opportunity and would like to make good friends and experience the real Spain and great hospitality, please get in touch.

  14. Celine Timmerman says

    My name is Celine and i’m from Belgium. I’m trained as a pediatric nurse and i’m looking for a new adventure. I have several years of work experience with children (with or wihtout special needs). I’m looking for a job for 3-6months. It would be a positive note if the job would be in the south of Spain.

    I’m looking forward to hear any feedback!
    Kind regards,
    Celine Timmerman

  15. Hello Everyone!
    I am looking for a live out or live in position in the south of spain for about 6 months. I currently live in a madrid as a nanny and have been with the same family for two years now i have worked with children just short of ten years, in all childcare settings. While i love them all dearly i feel i need to explore some more of spain. i alos have family in the south. I am looking for a position to start in September.
    Please let me know if you are interested.
    i can send CV and Refrences are available on request.

    • Hi Michelle,
      We live in sitges, Barcelona. We have 2 kids under 6yr old. Please let us know if you are available and we can talk further.
      Thanks, Ave

      • Hello Michelle,
        My name is Emily I am British English speaking and I have worked wih children cooking, cleaning + general nanying duities for over three years, I have a first aird + DBS certificate. I am looking for a full time live in nanny job. I would love to hear from you if this role is still vacent.

        Kind Regards,

  16. Michelle Moses says

    I’m Michelle, I worked for two years with a family and I took care of the kids as well as cleaning the house.
    I want a full time live in job as a nanny for a year or two depending on my agreement with my employers…I hope to get a response soonest! Thanks!

    • Hi Michelle,
      We live in sitges, Barcelona. We have 2 kids under 6yr old. Please let us know if you are available and we can talk further.
      Thanks, I

  17. Lauren Hicks says

    Hey everyone,

    I’m currently in ELVIRIA and I’m looking for work.

    I have 5+ years working with children in the nursery and at home.

    I also have 2 years care experience with special needs children and young adults.
    ( I would be interested in extending my experience to working with adults as I worked with a young lady aged 16 and I know how to care for adults.)

    • I am hoist trained ✅
    • I am trained in how to move with care ✅
    • I also have suction training✅
    • and i am tube feed trained✅

    Let me know if you know of a fit!

    I can also add I am a great cleaner as this is part of every role I have worked in if anyone needs a cleaner

    Many Thanks ❤️


  18. Jessica Martin says

    Hello Everyone!
    My name is Jess and I am 25 years old from a lovely city on the Coast on Devon in England. It is a beautiful city and I have worked with children here for 8 years, however I am now looking for the opportunity to explore a new place and work with new people. I would love the opportunity to be an aupair to a family in spain as I love the country and its culture and would love to share my knowledge with them.
    I hope to hear from you soon!

  19. Michelle barns says

    Hi to whome it may concern,
    My name is Michelle I first came to Spain in 1994as an au- pair. I have since been a carer for the elderly, of which was my main job in England. I enjoy the life of children watching them learn and play.
    I live in Spain permanently and would be seeking a live out position. I’m currently on the coast at riviera del sol.
    Look forward to any feed back.
    Regards Michelle.

  20. Hi there,

    I currently live in Marbella and I am a home school teacher for children age 3 to 8 years of age. I am looking for a part time job for the summer holidays. I am a qualified English speaking teacher and have aupair and babysitting experience.

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