What does a Governess do?
Once the stern figure on Victorian England, a Governess today is a far more appealing image. While they are similar to a Tutor, a Governess will usually be expected to offer a full educational programme for a child or children. All subjects will be covered and lessons planned around the varying curriculums that a child is following. Plus they might offer additional tutoring or homework support where needed.
Although the main focus will be on learning, Governesses will be responsible not just for supporting a child’s education but also wider mentoring, cultural and play activities outside school hours. They will nurture their children’s social and life skills, etiquette and cultural understanding; creating a holistic approach to education as a school might. However, other caring duties such as preparing food, children’s laundry or extra-curricular events might fall on a Nanny instead.
One of the great benefits of having a Governess is that where ever you are in the world, your child will have consistent education. So although the job might be live out or live in, it is likely that a Governess will be expected to travel.
Tasks might include:
- General educational development
- Providing daily lessons
- Support with homework
- Practicing manners and etiquette
- Liaising with schools
- After school activities – including sports.
- Helping organise the child's room
- Reporting back to parents to ensure the children are developing