How to become a granny aupair in over 50 countries

October 28, 2022 | MumAbroad Life Video Channel

In 2010, Michaela Hansen had a brainwave – why can’t Grannies be aupairs too?

Many women aged 45+ have rich life experience either bringing up their own children or working in child education and childcare. Aupair visas tend to grant younger women visas for up to a year and over, but many families complain that having a young Aupair is like having a ‘third child’!

In many cases with newborns, it’s the granny’s experience that saves the day.

Through Granny Aupair, older women can find granny Aupair placements in over 50 countries across the world. Placements can be as short as 3 months or longer, depending on the family and visa requirements.

Do you need qualifications to be a Granny Aupair?

As Grania Grözinger from Granny Aupair tells us, there is no obligatory training to register on the platform. All you need to do is ‘be up for it’ says Grania.

Childcare can be tough, but thousands of women aged 45 to 80 are hungry to refresh themselves before raising their own grandchildren, or they miss raising children, or they simply want a new adventure. Grania says most grannies are 60-70.

Granny Aupair also runs a training programme from their base in Hamburg, Germany.

How do families find a Granny Aupair?

Families and aupairs can sign-up here:

It is free to sign-up and either register or read through Granny Aupair’s profiles. If you wish to contact a Granny Aupair you will need to pay a 3, 6 or 12-month membership. Most members looking for Granny Aupairs are expats, and are a range of single-parent families, large families, young families, same-sex couples, and more.

You can take on a Granny Aupair for as little as 3 months or as long as you need.

Since starting up in 2010, more than 1,000 Granny Aupairs have been placed in more than 50 countries on every continent (except Antarctica!). The most popular countries receiving Granny Aupairs are the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Australia, the UAE (Dubai & Abu Dhabi), Qatar, Egypt and China.

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