Governess in Switzerland

A Governess main duty is about children’s education from their first year of schooling. She focuses on teaching, manners, “savoir-être” and transmits her experience and knowledge. She helps children to perform at their best, building long-term academic resilience and life-long intellectual curiosity.

The governess generally holds a childcare diploma or certificate. Also, she may have a teacher degree and benefits in all cases from a long nanny, tutor or teacher experience.

Parents may have a specific educational project that the governess will apply in order to stimulate the child, and which can include entry exams preparation, support for exams and daily homework supervision.

Depending on your needs, the governess can either stay in your house (“live-in”) or be present during the day only (“live-out”).

What’s the difference between a nanny and a governess?

Nannies make sure that children are fully occupied through games and activities, contribute to their affective development, teach hygiene standards, all the while carrying on domestic tasks related to the children, such as tidying up his bedroom or doing his laundry. Conversely, governesses generally don’t participate to daily domestic tasks and rather focus on teaching/education.

Governess duties


Governess’ duties concern every aspect of children’s education:

  • implementation of a daily routine
  • transmission of parents’ educational values
  • manners teaching according to parents’ instructions
  • hygiene care or support in everyday routine (dressing, meals etc.)
  • consolidation of socialisation skills and autonomy
  • skills and knowledge sharing in music, culture, sport etc.
  • foreign language teaching
  • homework support

Governess salary


Salaries depend on experience, age, degrees, and the specifications of each job.


A full-time job corresponds to 45 hours per week.

For reference only (monthly salary):

  • CHF 5’000 – CHF 7’500

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We act as a link between families and nannies throughout the whole process. From a first contact via Skype, a phone interview or a trial period, My Sweet Days organizes everything, including transportation and hotel booking*.

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Once the nanny is selected, we fine tune the job specifications, and draft the employment and confidentiality contracts. We also provide information and tips regarding taxes, social charges and other useful procedures.

“A long-term relationship”

After the placement, we regularly contact the family and the candidate to asses the working relationship.
We offer a post-placement support regardless of your concerns.

We can help you hire a governess wherever you are in Switzerland: Geneva, Vaud, Bern, Zürich, Lugano…