A Governess is a qualified professional employed by parents to educate the children in the private household. Governesses are highly educated individuals with teaching background or higher childcare education and a minimum of 2 years professional childcare or teaching experience. Governesses fill the role of both teacher and academic mentor for the children. A governess functions as an educator and is not usually employed to perform domestic tasks or to meet the physical needs of the family’s children.





  • working in partnership with the family and teachers to provide care and educational development for children
  • supplementing or replacing child’s school education in private households
  • promoting child’s intellectual, educational and social development
  • coordinating and providing child’s leisure activities, extra curriculum and educational excursions
  • teaching second language, music, arts or sports
  • motivating the students
  • providing a positive learning environment
  • teaching etiquette and promoting good manners and behavior
  • planning and organizing stimulating age appropriate activities
  • escorting the children to school and extracurricular activities
  • arranging play-dates and social schedules
  • keeping parents informed of child’s developmental progress
  • traveling with the family (if required) and organizing child’s leisure and educational activities during the trips

Governesses work approximately 8-10 hours a day usually with 2 days off. Each family will create a schedule and shift pattern unique to them. Different working shift patterns such as one week on/one week off can sometimes be agreed.


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