A governess is a specialist nanny or a childcare worker who is normally focusing on certain skills or educational targets of the children in their home or during their travels (GCSE, foreign language, music, history, religion) while also ensuring their general well-being. The children they are looking after are normally a minimum of 5 years old.

They normally hold a relevant certification and have a fair amount of childcare experience. They should be positive, flexible, calm, kind but firm, confident and patient.


Typical responsibilities:

  • Managing children's routine at home and ensuring they do and complete homework and educational activities

  • Teaching a specific subject or preparing towards exams and school assessments

  • Teaching manners and etiquette

  • Liaising with school staff and parents

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