British Nannies and Governesses


A nanny or governess is a trained professional childcare specialist with a substantial amount of childcare experience and will sometimes hold a degree related to childhood education, such as Early Childhood Development. In England many qualified nannies or governesses will hold an NNEB certificate which involves training on all forms of childcare from infant to special needs and placed an emphasis on fieldwork. The Norland Nanny School also offers excellent training in the UK.


High quality nannies will be equipped with knowledge of first aid and CPR, cooking, organization, and some teaching skills. A professional governesses will have teaching credentials and experience in a classroom or as a tutor.


Beyond taking care of children’s basic physical needs like feeding, napping, and safety, a nanny will be able to plan outings and activities for the children; creating and implementing educational activities based on each child’s level of development. Some nannies or governesses will speak a second language such as French, Spanish, Greek, German and be able to teach children this language.


Career nannies and governesses have the training and expertise to provide high quality care for your child, but most importantly, they will know to follow the parent’s lead and prioritize open communication to ensure they are carrying out what is best for the family.


Why Hire Your Nanny or Governess with British American Household Staffing?

Having the right nanny or governess in your home is a helpful asset to any family and can be a substantial advantage to the child’s development. Making the decision to work with a nanny agency will eliminate the stress out of searching for and hiring the perfect nanny for your family.


Save Time

At BAHS, our expert team sources qualified candidates and conducts a rigorous screening and interviewing process. Through our vetting process, you won’t waste time meeting nannies that are not a good fit for your family. Reference screening and background checks are also handled by our team to ensure only the highest quality candidates meet with our families.


Expert Attention to Details

A nanny placement agency acts as an HR department dedicated to the success of your home. BAHS’s expert placement specialists will be able to understand your needs and help identify the traits to look for in a nanny. You will be supported through the entire hiring process; including advisement on salaries, benefits, schedule and any relevant tax information in your state.


Third Party Perspective and Personalized Care

BAHS’s belief in matchmaking sets us apart from other nanny agencies. Our recruiters will work with you to understand your family’s needs and match you with a nanny that can provide high quality service and care. For us, success is a placement that results in a contented family and a nanny who enjoys long-term job fulfillment.


Regardless of what your family is looking for, it is our utmost goal to provide you exactly what you need. As an added service, our UK families have access to our nanny consultant Katherine Patterson. Katherine's background in education, as well as her work as a highly sought-after career nanny in high profile homes, childcare consultant, parent educator, and caregiver trainer, makes her especially skilled in understanding your family's very specific needs when it comes to hiring a nanny, and most importantly, understanding the needs of your children.


More About Katherine

Katherine is our multilingual British childcare specialist, with over 10 years of hands-on experience working with children in both classrooms and private homes worldwide, as well as 4 years of general domestic household recruitment experience prior to moving to BAHS.


Born and raised in the South West of England, Katherine has a First Class BA Hons Degree in French, Spanish and European Studies. Her career in childcare is underpinned by years of teaching experience, predominantly comprising Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and EFL, but also Cambridge English, French, Spanish and entrance exam guidance for Collège du Léman, Institut Le Rosey and Institut auf dem Rosenberg.


Katherine has devoted the majority of her career to working as a Governess for high profile families the world over, in particular; Europe, Russia and Asia. Her extensive experience of working with children in both a caregiving and pedagogical capacity means she is well versed in Child Development, Early Childhood Education (ECE) and managing transitions.


Having worked on both sides of the industry, Katherine is able to provide informed and invaluable insight and guidance to both her clients and candidates alike. She prides herself on establishing and nurturing authentic, long-term relationships and thoroughly enjoys the challenge that comes with playing such a pivotal role in the match making process. Katherine strives to manifest lasting placements, and always goes the extra mile to ensure everyone’s expectations are met.

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