Frequently Asked Questions

What is DBS check?

DBS is an abbreviation of Disclosure and Barring Service. It 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): 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 classed as “spent” that would not show up on a standard disclosure.

All our nannies/governesses/tutors must have this kind of check.


Should London Governess candidates have a First Aid Certificate?

This certificate is a must for nanny/governess/tutor positions. 99% of the clients demand proof of the valid First Aid Certificate since they want their children to be in safe hands.

If your First Aid Certificate has expired, please start the procedure again so as not to lose a good job proposal.


Who are London Governess’ clients?

Our clientele is outstanding, from royalty and renowned industry leaders to VIP and high net worth families and individuals.


Who pays for staff moving to the location, visa (if needed) and accommodation?

The employer pays all costs for their future employee. Before starting, the employer will inform you about their terms and conditions. Also, you can freely negotiate with your future employer about the details mentioned above. Concerning accommodation, all live-in positions have a secured place to stay.


Will I have health insurance abroad?

It depends on the individual family.


Who is a London Governess nanny?

Our nanny should nurture a child. She will ensure any child is happy and safe at all times. From fun trips to tutoring phonics, literacy and comprehension skills, our nanny candidate will support a child’s education and development, in coordination with a governess or other staff members. With a London Governess nanny, the child will learn to speak fluent English, and will benefit from the nanny’s good manners and top notch values.


What should a nanny do?

Typical nanny duties include:

  • Getting the children up and dressed
  • Supervising children’s meals
  • Washing and ironing children’s laundry
  • Keeping children active and entertained
  • Arranging play dates
  • Taking the children to the park or zoo
  • Creating arts and crafts projects

  • Reading to the children
  • Accompanying children to music or dance lessons
  • Doctor’s or dentist’s appointments
  • Tidying play area at end of day
  • Keeping toys clean and organised
  • Helping children undress
  • Bathing the children and preparing them for bed

Should a nanny do housework?

It depends on clients’ requests. Clients will specify if they require services beyond nannying. If they do, it is usually light housework and care of children’s belongings.


How long does a nanny/governess have as annual holiday leave?

If it is one year contract, a nanny/governess will have four weeks’ paid vacation.


What are a governess’ responsibilities?

A governess will typically work five days per week. She will be experienced in teaching children aged 3-16 and will modify her teaching methods to ensure that a child thrives. It isn’t just the curriculum the child will learn, either. A governess will teach the child key British attributes such as courage, independence and self-reliance, and help them to develop their own personality. All of our governesses can tutor English, and some are fluent in second and third languages. Our candidates are capable of teaching musical instruments such as the piano, and additional skills such as swimming and tennis.

What should a London Governess know?

Our governesses use a variety of teaching methods and techniques, and can teach a child any subject. We only recruit candidates who come highly recommended, and are recognised for their ability to support a chid’s social, cultural and emotional development while providing a first-class education.


Who is a tutor?

Tutors are experts at teaching in their chosen field. Whether Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English Literature, a foreign language or any other discipline, a skilled and professional tutor is the perfect person to prepare children for entrance exams or Oxbridge exams, to guarantee good grades in national exams, or just to help motivate a child with a subject they find challenging. Tutors are also excellent at bringing on a promising student in a subject where they excel, giving the children the extra work they need to stretch them.


Can candidates tutor even though they are students?

Yes, candidates should only emphasise they are students and state available hours for tutoring.


Are there any limits regarding age of the candidates?

All of our candidates should be older than 21. There is no upper limit.


Can international people be tutors?

You should send us your degree/diploma, certificates obtained, DBS check and references, and we will contact you when our client wants to reach you.


Can a tutor teach only one subject or more?

A tutor can teach as many subjects as he/she agrees with the employer. It is even recommended to have knowledge in various subjects that can be transferred to tutees.


Where do the tutoring classes take place?

It depends on a client. It usually takes place at their home.


What are experiences of nannies in Russia?

Almost all feedback of nannies in Russia is positive, outstanding even. Not only is the salary high – the culture and people are amazing.


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