Au Pair Extraordinaire in America

Au Pair in America with baby

This programme was developed to fill the needs of families in America who only want fully qualified or very experienced nannies for their children. American families highly value the childcare training, professionalism and expertise of fully qualified New Zealand nannies. If you are not sure which of our three levels of the programme you qualify for please see our main page. 

What you get with Au Pair Extraordinaire Program

  • you will receive a net stipend of US$250 per week (live-in)

    *The minimum weekly stipend is calculated by the U.S. Department of State after accounting for costs associated with weekly room and board. Host families and au pairs are free to agree to compensation higher than the legally applicable minimum.* Higher weekly rates relate to applicants who have approved two or three year nanny or Early Childhood qualifications under the Au Pair Extraordinaire programme. Other than the pay the programmes are the same.

  • gives the usual Au Pair in America benefits of discounted round trip flights to the USA or on to London

  • full board and lodging in a private room

  • four-day orientation and training programme near New York City

  • US$500 tuition allowance toward study at a local college

  • Medical insurance plus legal liability insurance cover

  • and the services of the local Community Counsellor

  • A legal Cultural Exchange J-1 Visa for 12 months plus one extra month to travel around USA

Accepted qualifications include:

(Early Childhood Education 0-3)


(formerly NNEB)


(NZQA Level 7)


plus 1 year of full-time childcare experience. (NZ05)

or NZQA L3 equivalent, plus 18 months full-time childcare experience




Applicants with two years of recent full-time verifiable experience as a nanny, childcare provider or nursery school teacher who is at least 20 years old may also be accepted.

Can I apply for the Au Pair Extraordinaire Program?

You are eligible if you hold a recognised approved childcare qualification from the above list OR you have sufficient work experience.

*Please note final acceptance for this programme is determined at interview and from your full application. Having these qualifications alone does not guarantee your acceptance for this higher rate of pay.

In addition, applicants must meet programme guidelines:

  • • be between 18 and 26 years old for the visa

  • hold a full driving licence

  • have 200 hours of childcare experience, preferably with under 2’s

  • have completed secondary education (3 years at high school)

  • not have a criminal record and agree to a police record check

  • agree to a full-year commitment

  • agree to the programme’s code of conduct and rules

How can I become qualified? I have the experience!

You can do the HATNZ Extramural Course from home – it’s an amazing course and means you can also keep working an earning while you save to go to America.