Hire A Governess

Governess And Child Taking A Walk In Nature

What is a Governess?

The role of a governess certainly dovetails with the role of a nanny, to the extent that she is responsible for the child’s safety and welfare, and in some cases she may also undertake some duties more traditionally associated with a nanny. It also dovetails with the role of a tutor/ teacher, to the extent that a family may request that she either supplement a given curriculum, or design a specific curriculum themselves, based on the child’s optimal learning environment/style. It’s important to articulate the nuances that distinguish a governess from her peers. In short, her duties are less linear than a nanny, as she is tasked with nurturing the child’s educational, intellectual, and social-emotional development.

If you’re looking to hire a governess, contact us to start the process. 

If you are looking for a governess job, please visit our job board.

What are the duties of a Governess?

In terms of duties, a governess will typically incorporate age-appropriate activities that not only advance the child’s academic development, but also their social and emotional development, broadening the child’s horizons, and encouraging them to question and engage with the world around them. She will typically teach the child a second language and/or how to read music and/or play a musical instrument, as well as instill etiquette, and encourage good manners and behavior. While an educational background is not always required for a nanny, it’s essential for a governess.

Though a governess will ensure her charges are safe and cared for at all times (and this may dovetail with the role of a nanny), she is primarily focused on ensuring they are reaching educational milestones and behaving appropriately. 

Typical responsibilities of a governess as follows:

  • Support child’s learning as required (per school/ homeschool curriculum). This typically incorporates; attending parents’ evenings/ liaising with teaching staff/ sourcing and working alongside private tutors/ engaging with educational networks e.g. sourcing supplementary learning materials, as appropriate
  • Liaise with parents, teaching staff and nannies re: objectives, progress and developmental strategies
  • Implement age-specific and appropriate activities, ensuring child thrives emotionally, physically and academically.
  • Teach extra-curricular, specialist skills e.g. playing a musical instrument/ speaking a new language/ playing a particular sport.
  • Travel with the family (if required) and organize child’s leisure and educational activities during the trip.
  • Instill/ reinforce manners, etiquette and social skills that the child can successfully implement in any given situation.
Governess Teaching Kid How To Play Piano
Governess Teaching Kid How To Play Piano

Work With A Governess Agency

If you are looking to hire a governess, please submit your information or call your local office.

If you want to explore more services, click here.

left image Book with keys


“This is a wonderful agency!!I have a seven-year-old daughter and the team at BAHS has helped me with different nannies for the different stages of her development and, tutors and occasional staffing needs. Once you are part of the BAHS family they will truly work with you to support your family and get you the best possible staff – and always make you feel understood and with respect for your privacy.”

-SR, Client

“I recently utilized this agency to help me find a nanny for my six year old son.  I can’t say enough good things about the quality of the service at BAHS.  They really listened to my needs, and only sent me candidates who met my criteria and who were really interested in working with my family.  The agency’s responsiveness, attention to detail and ability to be discrete was top notch.  While I hope our current nanny stays with us as long as we need, I would use this agency again if I ever have additional staffing needs.”

-CA, Client

“I cannot recommend this agency enough. I am a British Nanny with twenty seven years of experience so I have encountered many agencies both here and London during my working life. It did take time for me to find the right position as I am choosy, but each time I decided a job wasn’t right for me they didn’t criticize my reasoning but just persevered in finding what would eventually be the perfect fit for me.”

-KB, Career Nanny