A governess (or governor) concentrates on teaching school-age children, in contrast to a nanny, who cares for babies and the physical needs of children.
A governess usually works with children from about five years of age; however, some parents do choose to hire a governess for children from the age of three. They can often work alone with the children, or alongside an existing nanny, depending on the parent’s preference.
A governess' focus will be the child’s education and etiquette, making sure children are reaching the required educational levels.
Native English-speaking governesses
Within large and wealthy households abroad in Russia, Saudi Arabia, Geneva Moscow, Paris and the UAE, native English-speaking governesses are in high demand as parents prefer to educate their children privately rather than boarding school.
Duties and responsibilities
To ensure that children follow a routine that allows for homework and educational activities
To teach manners, etiquette, and correct codes of conduct
To ensure the child’s timetable is adequate and their day is organised to run smoothly
To liaise with school and /or educating the child at home (if required)
To prepare children for exams and school assessments
To encourage appropriate behaviour and ensuring children complete their studies
To teach the ‘Three Rs' (reading, writing and arithmetic) to the youngest
Desirable specialised subjects:
A bilingual Governess is often asked to teach children a second language (French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc)
A musical instrument, the Arts (literature and poetry)
Coaching older children in history and geography
Governesses will have a diploma or certificate in childcare, with experience as a nanny. Ideally a teaching qualification and background.
Hours of work on average 10 hours a day, 50 -70 hours per week but with two days off.
Qualified governesses can expect a salary starting from £800 to £1500 net per week depending on experience and qualifications.