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Do you know the difference between a Nanny and a Governess?

Nannies and governesses have been and continue to be an integral part of many families for a long time. Many parents will tell you how child care professionals have been like a sturdy rock in their children’s lives. 

Most parents are juggling to manage their personal and professional lives. Their busy schedules make it nearly impossible for them to be present for their young children 24/7. However, children require constant care and support.

A professional nanny or governess fills this gap and shares the responsibility of being a caregiver for the child when the parents are not around. If you are wondering how the two are different, read on. 


Nanny – The job of a nanny is to look after the child (or children) and offer care and support. They can help young children with feeding, bathing, dressing, taking naps, picking and dropping them at school, arranging playdates or fun activities, etc. They act as the family’s support system when it comes to child care. 

Governess – In earlier times, a governess’s responsibility was to focus primarily on a child’s educational development, to teach the children social etiquette, and be their personal tutor. 

Age Group

Nanny – Families hire qualified nannies soon after the child’s birth to care for the child. Generally, they work with the family till the child (or children) reaches the age of ten years. 

Governess- A governess used to help the child (or children) with academic support. So, families would hire governesses to help children with studies when the child reached the schooling age. And the governess stayed usually till the child reached high school.

If you are about to have a baby or if you are a new mother, it is best to hire a newborn care specialist who is qualified in infant and baby care. On the other hand, if your child is no longer an infant, but needs help bathing, dressing up, eating, playing, ask for a part-time or full-time nanny. If you are looking for a newborn care specialist or nanny in Manhattan, Long Island, or the Hamptons,  call With Grace Care Specialists at (833) 446-0399.


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