The Benefits of Employing a Governess
10th July 2018
From Jane Austin times to modern day life, we explore why having a governess to guide and teach your children can give them a head start.
by Natasha Lahmadi from Burlington Nannies
Employing a governess became popular during the Victorian era where privileged families lived in remote areas. Schools were not up to standard leading parents to employ a governess to teach and train their children.
During this time, a governess was a middle class, educated woman who moved into the family home to teach older boys and girls. English, French, maths and music were common subjects along with manners and deportment. Once the children grew up, the governess was either dismissed to find new employment, or more often the eldest daughter would employ the governess as a companion.
It could at times be a rather lonely and isolated life, as they were not seen as part of the family nor as a servant. When not with the children, they were mainly alone in their room and expected to eat solely too. The women were often pitied by others, as it usually meant they would go into old age single and childless. However, to be a governess was one of the very few ways a single woman could legitimately support herself financially.