Understanding the role of a governess

Governess

A Governess is a qualified professional employed by parents to educate the children in their private household. Governesses are highly educated individuals who fill the role of both teacher and academic mentor for the children. Generally governesses are not responsible for the general care giving tasks but are primarily focused on education.

 

DUTIES OF A GOVERNESS

  • A Governess is a teacher and academic mentor to children in private households whereby they supplement or replace their school education.
  • A Governess promotes intellectual, educational and social development.
  • A Governess coordinates and provides leisure activities, extra curriculum and educational excursions.
  • A qualified British Governess will have a teaching background or have higher childcare education and a minimum of 3 years professional childcare or teaching experience.
  • A bilingual Governess teaches a second language (French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc).
  • A Governess may also specialise and teach Music, Arts, Sports or Languages.
  • A Governess is expected to teach etiquette and promote good manners and behaviour

WORKING HOURS OF A GOVERNESS

Each family will create a schedule and shift pattern unique to them. On average most governesses work approximately 8 to 10 hours a day usually with 2 days off. Different working shift patterns such as one week on/one week off can sometimes be agreed. It is normally expected that a Governess will travel with the family.

SALARY OF A GOVERNESS

On average most governesses earn between £800 – £1300 per week dependent on age, experience and qualifications.