Who are they?
A Governess concentrates on the intellectual and social development of your child. The Governess focuses on the upbringing of your child and their education, rather than nursery duties, and will often support areas such as music, arts or sports. She will also implement a structure and plan into your child’s life, in order to accelerate the pace at which they are able to become bilingual. A Governess creates an enjoyable and stimulating environment for your child to gain confidence in their own abilities through play and structured lessons. There is also a real focus on etiquette, manners, discipline and culture.
Governesses are educated with a university education and often hold additional childcare and or governess training qualifications. Governesses enjoy both aspects of childcare and tutoring. A Governess usually works with children aged 7 upwards.
What are the duties of a governess?
Assist parents with the upbringing of their children
A Governess is employed to assist with the care, education and mentoring a child(ren) within a private household.
Promote cognitive development in children
The Governess will enhance your child’s academic and social development engaging them and assisting them in age appropriate activities, creating unique lesson plans and helping with homework.
Accompany children to their extra-curricular activities
A Governess will accompany your children to extra-curricular activities as well as organise fun, educational and interesting outings.
Promote and develop a child's unique talents and skills
A Governess often offers additional advantages that they can offer in the education of your children. A second language, musical talent, sporting gift or artistic flare.
Implement and teach good manners and etiquette
A Governess is well educated, presented and spoken and promotes awareness of good manners, etiquette and the importance good behaviour.
Accompany children on family holidays
A Governess will more often than not be asked to travel with the family so that the children do not miss out on important time for fun and educational activities.
What are the working hours of a Governess?
The working hours of a Governess very much depend on the requirements of the family. In general most governesses work between 8-10 hours per day 5 days per week. These hours are usually split between assisting with the children in the morning and then again after school hours. Alternatively, a Governess can be offered a Rota schedule where she may work some weeks on/off.
What is the salary of a Governess?
In the UK
In the U.K Governesses earn on average £700+ NET per week.
In other countries like Russia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, etc. governesses earn on average £900-£1500 per week depending on hours, experience, qualifications and longevity within one family.
Types of child carers?
A Governess is well-educated child carer that works with children between 6-16 years helping them academically in other areas such as in music, languages, arts, sports, etiquette and manners.
A Governor is the male equivalent of a Governess, carrying the same duties including working with children between 6-16 years helping them academically in other areas such as in music, languages, arts, sports, etiquette and manners.
A Tutor gives your child personal academic tuition on a variety or single subject to enhance their skills and confidence in the chosen area. Including exam preparation and school/university entry.
A nanny works with babies and children up to 8 years old. They take care of all nursery activities, feeding and hygiene for children.
A Maternity Nurse is qualified and experienced to work with mother and baby from birth up to 6 months. Supporting throughout all stages of the baby’s initial development.
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