Nanny or Governess

Your professional nanny bears the important responsibility of supervising and caring for the health and well-being of your child/children and their guests. This is a busy, full-time position that includes all activities inside and outside of the home, including managing schoolwork schedules, activities and travel.

The ideal candidate has a patient, caring demeanor, is energetic and flexible, because this is also an on-call position that may include travel. She or he should have excellent communication skills, a college education or degree, a background in childcare-related activities (either previous nanny experience or work in education, therapy or nursing) and be certified in CPR and first aid response.

A governess covers the same ground as a nanny, with one notable addition: he or she is capable of tutoring your child/children, so a degree in education is necessary. If your child has special needs, you may consider hiring a governess who has expertise in special education.

Responsibilities

  • Fully responsible for all childcare
  • Arrange activities and play dates
  • Schedule appointments
  • Supervise school schedules and homework
  • Prepare paperwork for school and extracurricular activities
  • Transport children to/from activities and school
  • Prepare healthy meals and snacks and/or coordinate child’s/children’s menu with the cook or chef
  • Tidy child/children’s bedroom and play spaces
  • Do laundry (if no laundress)
  • Pack for trips
  • Bathing and dressing children, including ordering/maintaining school uniforms
  • Keep an up-to-date database of all key contacts (school, playmates, activities, doctors/dentists, etc.)
  • Communicate with parents about child/children’s social, educational and behavioral development
  • Care of infants
  • Shop for gifts, school supplies and other child-related necessities
  • Run errands & do chores, especially when the children are in school