Governesses and Tutors

A Governess may work alone or alongside a nanny or parent to undertake the care, education and promotion of the emotional development of your children. The Governess will have extensive childcare and tuition experience.

The Role of the Governess Or Tutor

The duties, tasks and hours that the Governess or Tutor works will be customised to the individual needs of the family and will usually include:

  • Adhering to the child’s curriculum as agreed with the parents

  • Tutoring specialist subjects, for example, a musical instrument or a foreign language

  • Encouraging the child’s social, educational and creative progress and development

  • Accompanying children on the journey to and from school

  • Preparation for examinations

  • Homework supervision

  • Encouraging exercise and sport

  • Ensuring correct etiquette is adhered to at all times

  • Arranging outside activities, including museum and theatre visits and other educational outings

Screening Process

We take our job very seriously in providing the very best Governesses and Tutors the United Kingdom has to offer. All Governesses and Tutors who apply to work with us must pass our stringent screening process before we can place them with a family.

We know all the specialist qualities we are looking for and during their initial interview we can get a real feel for if they have the skills and experience required that makes them an expert in their field.

All our Governesses and Tutors must have:

  • Paediatric First Aid Certificate

  • Enhanced DBS Check

Many will have completed training courses in:

  • Breast and bottle feeding

  • Weaning

  • Sleep training

  • Multiple babies

Formal qualifications held by our Governesses and Tutors may include:

  • Maternity Nurse Training OCN level 3 and 4

  • NVQ Level 3

  • BTEC Nursery Nursing

  • City & Guilds

NB: Details of individual Governesses and Tutor’s experience and qualifications are clearly detailed on their CV.

Governesses and Tutors Costs

Maternity Nurses are self-employed and responsible for paying their own Tax and National Insurance. Their salaries can vary according to experience and whether they are responsible for a single baby, twins or triplets. The following salaries are a guideline only and some very experienced nurses may charge a little more.

Cost per 24 hours
Maternity Nurse – Single Baby £150 – £270
Maternity Nurse – Twins £170 – £350
Maternity Nurse – Triplets £170 – £350

Frequently asked questions

Q: How long do I need a Maternity Nurse for?
A: This really depends on each families individual circumstances and requirements but most bookings last between 6–12 weeks. During this time a good routine will have been established.

Q: How far in advance do I need to book a Maternity Nurse?
A: Maternity Nurses are normally booked 3–6 months prior to your due date. This gives you plenty of opportunities to conduct interviews and feel comfortable you have found the right Maternity Nurse for you.

Q: Do I need to cook meals for my Maternity Nurse?
A: No, Maternity Nurses will cook their own meals. Many will be happy to cook occasional meals for the family but this should be discussed with the Maternity Nurse prior to booking their services.

Q: We are travelling abroad during the time we want to book a Maternity Nurse, will she be able to travel with us?
A: Maternity Nurses are normally happy to travel with you but please discuss all destinations, dates and requirements with them prior to their services.

Q: Where does a Maternity Nurse sleep?
A: Maternity Nurses usually sleep in a spare room or nursery with the baby/babies. They will require a bed.