Frequently Asked Questions

Inviting a stranger to work in my home is a big step. How do I know the person you send will be safe and reliable?

We understand that the safety of your family is paramount, and therefore insist on a full vetting process before allowing a candidate onto our database. Everyone who applies to work with us as a nanny, maternity nurse or governess undergoes an enhanced DBS check (see below for more information). Our consultants also verify previous childcare work, qualifications and references. And we will provide you with contact details so you can ask questions and speak to former employers yourself, for peace of mind.

Before recommending them to you, we also meet each applicant in person, to ensure that their personalities and values match up to our own.

It is a matter of pride at London Governess that we supply the finest childcare professionals who are honest, respectful, discrete and dependable. You can therefore be confident that your children are in the safest hands.

An Enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) Check is a comprehensive check that is required by law to work with children. It involves:

  • A Children’s Barred List Check (formerly List “99″ Check) – This confirms whether the candidate is listed on a confidential register of people barred from working with children.
  • Police Check – to ensure there is no information about the candidate that might make them unsuitable for work with children. This also includes information subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 – showing any criminal convictions or cautions which the candidate has received, including those that are classed as “spent”, which would not show up on a standard disclosure.

Governesses

I only need a governess for a short period of time. Can London Governess help me?

Yes. Reliable, trustworthy and highly qualified short-term governesses are available to meet the needs of your family. Our flexible service is designed to suit all situations, including emergency, travel, or holiday placements, whether at home or abroad.

In addition to recognising the importance of education, we also understand the need for children to get on well with their governess. Therefore we only appoint candidates who are child focused, have plenty of energy, patience, and tolerance, and a passion for their work. Our friendly, skilled and safety-conscious governesses are available to meet the emotional and practical needs of your children, either working alongside you or whilst you are away from home. Depending upon your personal situation, the duties of a governess can include teaching, home-schooling, engaging children in educational play, and organising child-focused activities.

International services require a minimum of a two week placement, and rates can be negotiated to meet your requirements.

What makes a London Governess governess different?

We are the only UK agency that specialises in providing international clients with British-educated and qualified governesses. All the professional staff we supply have a minimum of five years’ childcare and teaching experience. Our governesses are experienced professionals, each with their own teaching method and style, but all sharing the same ethos – a commitment to quality and integrity. We only recruit candidates who come highly recommended, and are recognised for their ability to support social, cultural and emotional development along with providing a first-class education.

Before adding applicants to our database, we ensure that they have all the necessary and appropriate skills. We check our candidates for training qualifications in areas such as First Aid and UK based childcare qualifications, and require them to keep these skills up to date.

Each professional will have studied a respected British qualification, including modules on creating safe environments in the home and food safety.

We also make sure that all our applicants are capable of multi-tasking, and have competence in a range of areas including planning, organizing or arts and crafts.

Is employing a governess from the UK complicated?

Not at all. Drawing on our extensive accumulated know-how, we make the process simple for you. Once you have settled on a governess we will arrange a working schedule, and are experienced with the practicalities of placing our governesses both locally within the UK and internationally. Our professional staff can be placed on a short-term or long-term basis.

At London Governess, we will help you take a slice of Britain abroad with you, and provide your child not only with a first-class British education, but also a strong British role model.

Nannies

I need a nanny who can work different hours, or do some extra duties not included on your nanny page. Is this possible?

Yes. We provide a bespoke service to our clients, and are always happy to find nannies willing to take on different hours or particular duties that a client requires. Once you have told us what you need, we will consult with suitable candidates, and then confirm with you when we find one who can meet your requirement. The key thing is to decide these questions in advance. Our service helps both employer and nanny reach an agreement on all important matters before the job begins, so that when your nanny arrives everything runs smoothly.

My child learns English at school, but I want them to speak it with a clear, native sounding accent. Will my nanny speak perfect native English?

London Governess was created exactly for clients with this requirement. We specialise in placing native British nannies and governesses, and with every London Governess professional you can be confident that your child will learn to speak fluent English. Your child will also benefit from the nanny’s good manners and British values.

I want a temporary nanny who is highly responsible and who I can trust to travel with the children unsupervised. Is this possible?

Yes. We can place extremely experienced and trustworthy holiday nannies with a wealth of experience travelling to different locations around the world, while planning and scheduling activities for the children, and taking care of all their day-to-day needs.  Holiday nannies can either travel with your family, or travel alone with your child for Christmas or Easter holidays, during school holidays, or other occasions throughout the year.

Maternity Nurses

Maternity nurses care for newborn babies only. They are not responsible for looking after other children, and will expect to work for you for just a couple of months after you have given birth.

We recruit mainly native English speaking maternity nurses mainly from the UK, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, but we are very open to highly experienced baby nurses from all European countries.

A maternity nurse is on call for 24 hours a day, either 5, 5.5 or 6 days per week. She is entitled to at least 2-3 hours free time during the day to rest or take a walk. She is however available should you need her assistance. Her time off per week consists of one full day and one full night; during this time the maternity nurse can ask to sleep alone or take time off outside the home.

Maternity nurses are self-employed and will pay their own tax and national insurance, leaving you to focus on spending quality time with your family.