All families have specific needs in terms of their childcare requirements. No one family is ever the same as another.
That’s something we know all too well here at London Governess.
We have years of experience of helping families just like you find the right childcare for their family’s needs. Of course, there are several different childcare professionals that fit the bill in several situations, but one professional stands out for many reasons – the governess or governor.
Life in London can be busy and hectic. Many parents work full time or having responsibilities which means they’re away from home during the day, or perhaps for a few days/weeks at a time. To ensure continuity of care for their child/children and to give peace of mind that they’re looked after and supported, a governess or governor is a good choice.
A governess/governor is a childcare professional that looks after a child’s basic care and educational needs, usually between the ages of 3 – 16 years. Prior to that time, a nanny would look after your child’s needs, from newborn to 3 years. While these ages aren’t set in stone, this is the usual guideline.
A governess is a female childcare professional and a governor is a male childcare professional. Some governesses/governors have teaching experience in the past, which allows them to support a child’s education as they grow.
This role therefore covers basic childcare needs, household duties, and educational support. On the other hand, a nanny’s duties cover basic needs and household duties only.
A governess or governor is a great choice for a family for many reasons. This is a professional who can help to build a strong bond of trust with your child, therefore helping them to develop as small humans, into adolescence.
Equally, boys in a family may find benefit from a male governor if they don’t have a strong male presence in the household. This can also be a useful safety reassurance in homes without a male presence too.
Governesses or governors can work on a live in or live out basis, depending upon the family’s needs. There are also rota governesses/governors, who provide 24/7 care on a rota basis, usually two weeks at a time.
All of this means that your child is cared for and supported whenever you’re away from the family home. It also means that they’re constantly learning and developing, therefore giving them the very best start in life.
To understand the benefits of hiring a governess or governor in London, you need to understand the basic duties of the role.
It’s important to remember that all families are different and therefore specific duties and working patterns may vary. However, the following points are the general duties and tasks assigned to a governess or governor in London and beyond.
Governesses/governors work in different patterns. They can work full time or part time, on a rota basis, an ad hoc basis, and they can live in or out. They can also travel with families whenever necessary.
The professional will know the local area and will therefore be able to take your child out and about safely and give them all the information they need to understand their surroundings better.
As such, general hours vary, but between 5-10 hours per day is often the average, working 5-6 days per week, with 1 or 2 days off. However, on a rota basis, this will be different as the governess/governor will work opposite another professional, often working two weeks on and two weeks off, etc.
A governess or a governor is a very good choice for many families. If this sounds like an arrangement that would suit your family, be sure to reach out and let us know.
We have many years experience matching families with their ideal childcare professional, be it a governess/governor or a nanny. All of our professionals have years of experience and the best quality qualifications. We also rigorously vet all professionals prior to signing with our agency.
We understand jus how huge a decision it is to hire someone to look after your child, whether it’s for a day or a month. For that reason, we take our responsibility extremely seriously.
We believe that the services of a governess/governor can benefits countless children and if you’re unsure if this is a good fit for you, we’re happy to advise you.
However, if you’re sure that you’d like to hire a governess/governor in London or beyond, reach out to us with all the information you have and we’ll get to work. We can usually match families with their ideal childcare professional within short notice if required and as much information as you can give us is ideal to help us get the match correct.