Bonne International Nannies and Governesses typically work a 8-10 hour day, 5 days a week. We do not promote 24 hour, 6 day a week positions, and try to limit your working hours to 10 hours a day (except when on holiday with the family or if the child is sick etc) so that you can give your very best at work.
Maternity nurses may find it difficult to find positions in Russia, as most families start thinking about introducing English to their child when they are at least 6 months old.
There are of course many differences between working in private childcare in London and in Moscow.
The main reason why Russian families hire English Mother Tongue childcare and teaching professionals to work with their children is so that they will learn English and grow up bilingual. The most obvious difference is that most of the children don’t speak English when you start with them. If you have never worked with children for whom English is a second language, this may be a new challenge for you, especially if the children are older. If you want to feel more confident in your capabilities (and improve your CV), we suggest that you take a Teaching English as a Second Language to Children course. Make an effort now, and it will definitely pay off once you start work.
A lot of our families live outside the city in luxury villages. Moscow mostly has high rise buildings, so if you want a garden, lots of space and fresh, clean air you move out of the city. The beauty here is that you will have large grounds to run around in and much more room in the house to play in.
The children will probably have private Tutors come to visit them a few times a week – in our experience we have seen our children learn the most interesting things: chess, yoga, exotic languages like Chinese and Japanese, musical instruments, origami, martial arts, painting and drawing, dance and even opera singing.
Preschool and primary school Teachers are very sought after as Governesses. Parents understand that after a certain age a child needs more than a Nanny. We find that Teachers often enjoy the opportunity to work with just one child and develop them to their full potential at their own pace, a nice change to teaching in an overcrowded classroom.
One thing you may want to be prepared for is the Russian Grandmothers. They are often an intricate part of family life and will want to suggest the best way to do things, sometimes with a very skeptical attitude towards Western childcare methods. Our advice is to smile and nod, stay calm, and embrace the cultural experience!