Household Staff

View of different Household professionals, types of qualifications/training and typical duties.

Paediatric First Aid Training: held by Childcare professionals and should be valid for 3 years.

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Governess

Description:

Specialised child worker focussed on education. Takes charge of educational duties. Typically works with ages from 3 years.

Qualifications/training:

A teaching qualification or Higher education in childcare (Level 5+). 5 years plus experience in a teaching environment.

Duties:

Educating children in their homes. Helping children to develop social skills. Teaching proper etiquette & manners. Supporting with homework.

Tutors

Description:

A private teacher, typically one who teaches a single pupil or a very small group.

Qualifications/training:

A teaching qualification. A degree in a specialised subject such as Maths, Language.

Duties:

Provide academic support on a one to one basis or in small groups.

Nanny/Manny

Description:

Private child carer, looking after every aspect of a child’s wellbeing & early education in the family home. Works with a range of ages.

Qualifications/training:

A Childcare Diploma, level 3 minimum (2 years study). Various 1-day training available such as; nutrition, managing challenging behaviour, supporting intellectual learning. Hold a minimum of 2 years’ experience working in private homes. Some Nannies have extensive experience and don’t hold a formal qualification.

Duties:

Meeting the child’s Physical, Social, Intellectual and emotional needs. Supporting & encouraging milestones by providing age appropriate activities. Taking the child to medical appointments. Supporting the child’s well-being. Carrying out children’s domestic duties. Providing nutritious – fresh cooked meals.

Nanny/Housekeeper

Description:

Enjoys a combination of childcare & housekeeping. Typically works with school ages, allowing time in the day for housekeeping or 1 child, early years.

Qualifications/training:

Holds a minimum of 2-years’ experience in childcare & housekeeping with no formal childcare qualification.

Duties:

Carries out the morning & afterschool routine including school runs. Whilst the children are at school, carries out all aspects of housekeeping and cooking a family meal.

Nanny/PA

Description:

Combines childcare duties with managing a busy household. Typically works with school ages and with parents that are business owners.

Qualifications/training:

Holds formal childcare or teaching qualification. Skilled in IT – using various Microsoft applications such as excel.

Duties:

All childcare duties. Assisting parents with booking holiday itineraries, managing household accounts, running errands, admin support. Cooking meals.

Housekeeper

Description:

Performs a variety of domestic services with special attention to details, to keep the family home organised, clean and running smoothly to the highest standards. Family shopping & cooks’ meals.

Qualifications/training:

There are several professional housekeeping training courses available. Typically, 2 days intense training. The learner will gain understanding of using cleaning products for the right materials. Setting the table & basic service. Wardrobe management. Setting up a guest room. Towel & general presentation. Hold a wealth of experience working in private homes.

Duties:

Cleaning all rooms & taking care of special materials. Changing family bedding. Family laundry taking care of delicate – sewing and mending. Flower arrangement. Family food shop and cooking family meals.

Chauffer / Chauffeuse

Description:

A private driver usually drives a car provided by the family and maintain cars (MOTs, servicing & valeting). Immaculate & discreet with good geographical knowledge.

Qualifications/training:

A clean full driving licence. 4 years minimum professional driving experience. Immaculate presentation & excellent time-keeping.

Duties:

Assists with school runs, personal & business driving, airports & assisting with luggage. Ad hoc tasks such as collecting principal’s lunch. Can travel with family abroad.

Butler

Description:

Multi-skilled, proactive individuals, skilled in household management.

Qualifications/training:

The course will incorporate numerous skills including: food and beverage service, wines, floristry, valeting services, grooming, maintenance and care of equipment, household accountancy and PA duties.

Duties:

Duties include: hosting, greet guests at the door, answering phone, table service, serving drinks, valeting and care of the wine cellar. Head Butlers take on the responsibility of managing other domestic staff.

Maternity Nurse

Description:

Support the mother and their new-born. Usually hired from birth till 12 weeks. Experienced and qualified specialist in providing essential support, advice, care and respite to parents and new-born babies. They ensure that the settling in period is a smooth, relaxed and highly enjoyable experience for everyone involved shortly after the birth of a new child.

Qualifications/training:

A formal childcare qualification and specialise training; breast feeding.

Duties:

A Maternity Nurses primary responsibility is in caring for the new-born child and ensuring that both mother and baby are taken care.