There are a number of websites where you can search for childcare jobs in Dublin. It’s not essential but your chances of finding a job will be greatly improved if you have the following:
- Garda (Police) vetted
- First Aid Qualification
- References (based in Ireland)
- Driving Licence
If you are a student who has just arrived from abroad you can in some circumstances use your teacher in school as a reference. If you are looking for a job as an au pair some agencies hold interviews through skype. So you can organise a job before you arrive in Dublin.
Generally you will be required to take care of the children and do light house work. If possible ask for a reference from the family and speak with the previous au pair. It’s not common but some families can over work au pairs. Your job is to take care of the children and not that of a cleaner/maid. Make sure your duties and working hours are clearly defined.
As well as a room and food you are also required to be paid in accordance with Minimum Wage Act and treated the same as an employee. Currently, the minimum wage in Ireland is €9.25 per hour. The value of your accommodation and food has been set at €54.13 per week. So if you work 30 hours per week:
Pay (30*9.25) €277.50
– Less Food & Accommodation €54.13
Weekly Pay Before Tax €223.37
Weekly Pay After Tax* €206
*Assuming you work 48 weeks per year, 30 hours per week & based on 2018 tax rates.