Nanny/Governess

Pavillion Agency Nanny Governess

Nanny Services

Pavillion Agency Inc. specializes in nanny and governess services that pair wonderful child care professionals with families in need of support. Manny families could use a little help taking care of their children and handling everything from simple tasks to complex learning and development strategies.

Here’s why nannies for hire are beneficial for many families, the types of nannies available, and why you should trust Pavillion for your nanny or governess needs.

The Pavillion Difference

If your family could use the services of a nanny or governess, consider working with Pavillion Agency. Our domestic staffing and household employment agency was created in 1962, and since then, we have become the national leader in the field of personal service. Based in Manhattan, we are the largest household staffing agency in the country, which means you will have access to more high-quality nanny and governess options with us than anywhere else. Pavillion has offices in New York and Los Angeles, as well as a satellite office in Miami. The list of cities we often serve includes Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Greenwich, Hamptons, Los Angeles, Miami, New York Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, DC.

Our company’s team has over 200 years of combined experience in placing caring and experienced nannies with families like yours. We incorporate a highly detailed screening process into all of our placements, which includes an encompassing in-person interview, extensive reference checking, and thorough background checks. We gauge candidates’ abilities to listen to clients’ individual needs and provide successful matches accordingly. When you work with Pavillion to conduct a search for a nanny or governess on your family’s behalf, you’ll have peace of mind that you’ll find the most qualified candidates available for the job and receive personalized service through every stage of the hiring process.

What Hiring A Nanny Can Do for Your Family

A Professional Nanny is a residential staff member who is charged with caring for the children in a household. Nannies must provide educational, emotional, and behavioral support and ensure a safe and clean environment.

See below “Recommended Practices for Nannies.” – International Nanny Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2013.

The individuals who choose to make the care of children their life’s work, come from a wide variety of backgrounds and experience but all share the desire to make a difference in a child’s life. Whether in support of working parents, as a partner with an at-home parent, or as sole charge of the children, Career Nannies are first and foremost, loving, nurturing and supportive. Their duties range from the simplest:

  • changing diapers
  • bathing
  • dressing
  • preparing healthy food
  • Keeping the child’s room and clothing clean and organized
  • Shopping for the children’s clothing, books, toys etc.
  • Driving children to various destinations

To the most demanding:

  • Knowledge of all of the phases of childhood development from infancy through school-age
  • Monitoring the development of fine motor skills
  • Assisting children with reaching developmental milestones (potty training, sleep training, etc)
  • Language acquisition
  • Reading
  • The development of interpersonal relationships with siblings and peers
  • Engaging in creative play
  • And more!

What Nanny Qualification Fits Your Needs?

Career Nannies, whether they live in or live out, are always totally dedicated to the needs of the family and are flexible with hours, days off and travel requirements. In addition to having hands-on nanny experience, some have advanced degrees and some are just naturals. Nannies must also be prepared for the physical demands that the position entails as they are often on their feet for long hours.  Being a Nanny is a profession that can be extremely rewarding, as you are able to form special bonds with the children under your care.

  • Full time Nannies work approximately 40-55 hours a week on a schedule that is flexible to the parent’s needs.
  • Part-time Nannies work 20-30 hours a week, also on a flexible schedule.
  • Career Nannies are CPR and First Aid trained.

What Type of Nanny Services Fits Your Family’s Needs?

The three main types of nannies for hire are part-time nannies, full-time nannies, and career nannies. Part-time nannies often work for parents who have part-time jobs and are therefore able to be home with the children during certain hours of the day. You may choose to hire a part-time nanny if you already have a strong family support system, have a flexible work schedule, or are on a limited budget.

Full-time nannies for hire work at least 40 hours per week and may work 10 to 15 hours overtime on top of this. This type of nanny is ideal for families where one or both parents work full-time. You may want to hire a full-time nanny if you have a busy work and social schedule, if you have multiple children that need care, or if you could use some professional help with educating and entertaining young children.

Career nannies have made caring for children their lifelong passion and look at these household positions as long-term relationships rather than short-term jobs. These nannies typically have extensive child care training and expertise that goes beyond just the minimum requirements. Career nannies do not intend to leave this profession in search of other types of employment. They often work as full-time nannies in households but may provide part-time services as well to meet a family’s changing child care needs.

The decision of which type of nanny to choose to care for your children is a very personal one and not one to be taken lightly. It is a smart idea to determine how many hours of child care you will need per day and what types of services you would like a new nanny to provide before beginning to interview potential nanny candidates.

The Three Main Models of Custodial Care

“Recommended Practices for Nannies.” – International Nanny Association. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 July 2013.

“There are three main models of nanny care. These include custodial care, coordinated care and surrogate care

In the custodial care model, the nanny’s role is limited to meeting the children’s physical and emotional needs during their parents’ absence. In this model, the parents manage the children’s day by providing the nanny with specific guidance. A nanny who provides custodial care will not have input into the child’s scheduling or activi­ties and does not have a voice regarding childrearing practices or parenting philosophies.

In the coordinated model of nanny care the nanny’s role is to be a team player in raising the children. Nannies who engage in the coordinated model of care are viewed as true parenting partners. Nannies in this model have a voice when it comes to childrearing practices and parenting philosophies. Their input is not only sought, but highly valued by the parents. These nannies tend to be full charge nannies who are given the freedom to make the day to day decisions regarding the children’s activities and outings.

In the surrogate model of nanny care, the nanny’s role is to be the primary care giver for the children. In this model of nanny care, the nanny may have limited interaction with her employers and may be left to make almost all decisions for the children in her care. Nannies who engage in the surrogate model of care may work for parents who travel extensively, or work in highly demanding jobs and need a guardian type of caregiver to tend to the children while they are away.

We Also Offer Governess Services

A Governess is a residential staff professional who is responsible for the education, manners and etiquette of the children in a household. A Governess usually holds a teaching degree and is able to create a full curriculum focused on the unique needs of the individual children in their care. Some children may attend a traditional school in addition to being taught by their governess; others will be schooled only at home, though there may be check-ins and tests with local schools or satellite educators who can correspond via email, telephone, or mail. An individual holding a Governess position usually provides non-educational care for their charges as well.

These tasks may include:

  • Bathing
  • Preparing and overseeing healthy meals and eating habits
  • Laundry and wardrobe maintenance, organizing closets
  • Maintaining the cleanliness of children’s rooms and toys
  • Light tidying up/cleaning duties

Governesses leave a lasting impression with the children under their care. Often they remain in contact well into the children’s post adolescence years. Being able to have such a lasting impression and influence on children comes with great responsibility!

Why Choose Pavillion Agencies Nanny Services?

If your family is looking to hire a qualified nanny or governess, please consider working with Pavillion Agency Inc. You can get started by filling out our family application to tell us more about your family and child care needs. Here, you can upload your job description if you like, and one of our dedicated placement experts will contact you to launch your search.

For qualified candidates looking for a nanny or governess job, please visit our section For Applicants to see how you can join our team. We are always interested in working with more talented household staff professionals and welcome the opportunity to learn more about your skills and experience.

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