Employing a Nanny gives a greater degree of flexibility to childcare
Recognised qualifications include:
QTS (Qualified Teacher status)
Teacher Training Certificate
PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education)
EYFS (Early Years Professional Status)
MA in Education
BA in Education
TEFL Certificate (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)
British Bilingual Governesses and Nanny with English as their Mother tongue are in high demand especially for overseas families. A Governess is a Professional Teacher and Educator to the children within the family home. She usually has a degree in Education and a minimum of 5 years teaching experience and qualifications. They are responsible for the education, social development and cultural awareness of school age children within a private household.
It is possible to find a Governess who specialises or concentrates in a particular area such as language, music, sport and art depending on the individual families’ requirements and situation.
British Bilingual Governesses and Nanny
A Governess is able to supplement or complement the children’s education, where certain subjects are not covered at school or in need of extra tuition.
It might be that the family travel extensively and need to home-school their children or help bridge some gaps in their education.
With relocation to a different country, where languages and education levels might be different, employing a Governess can provide invaluable help to both parents and children.
Older children in need of tutoring with certain subjects to pass exams or entry into a certain school or college can benefit enormously from personalised tuition with an experienced Governess.
As part of her role a Bilingual Governess is often asked to teach a second language (Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, German, Japanese …)
Governesses will work alongside a Nanny but are normally not expected to do any household duties.
Accommodation and Salary
A Governess will require her own bedroom and bathroom in the family home or separate accommodation with food and utilities paid by the client. Depending on experience and hours salary ranges from £500 – £1200 per week net
Guidelines for Employers
This will be agreed depending on the position but are usually 10 – 12 hours per day over a 5 /6 day week. Live-in Nannies usually include one or two nights babysitting per week, whilst daily nannies would be paid extra for babysitting. Holiday entitlement should be agreed before starting but is usually a minimum of 4 weeks paid holiday with Bank holidays off or paid in lieu.
- Plan and organise the daily schedule for the children
- Prepare and cook healthy well balanced meals
- Establish or follow children,s individual routines to include nursery or school runs, extracurricular activities, friends and family visits
- Keep parents regularly updated on progress and daily activities
- Organise stimulating, fun, outdoor activities
- Be aware of different stages of children,s development and support their learning
- Develop a close and trusting relationship
- Supervise children at all times, making sure children are always safe
- Keep children,s bedroom, bathroom, play areas and kitchen all clean and tidy
- Teach and encourage children to have good manners
- Instil good discipline following Parents guidelines
- Keep toys and child related equipment all in good order and put away at the end of the day (i.e. pushchairs, bikes)
- Establish or follow good Bath time and Bed time routine
- Wash and iron children,s laundry and have clothes such as school uniform ready for the following day
Live-in £375-450 net per week
Daily £475-600 net per week
N.N.E.B (National Nursery Examination Board) Diploma now known as: CACHE (Council for Awards in Childcare and Education) Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (Scotland)
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Child Studies
Norland, The Chiltern College and Princess Christian are all private colleges studying the NNEB Diploma in Childcare
A current First Aid Certificate is strongly advised
Client & Nanny Testimonials
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