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.
DUTIES & WORKING HOURS:
- 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.