A professional Nanny / Governess is sought by an established family in midtown Toronto. This individual will focus on the needs and well being of a child who will be starting kindergarten in September. While the position likely does not include travel, it will occasionally include overnighting when the parents are travelling and out of town. Comfortable accommodations with a dedicated bathroom will be provided. The person will work in a professional residence along with a full-time housekeeper.


The parents are very involved in their child’s life and the successful applicant will be in regular communication with them.


The position is 3pm to 8pm, 5 days per week (Monday to Friday), however, hours will vary during school holiday periods. The parents both work from home and are hands on. Additional, live-in, overnight proxy parenting will be required when the parents are travelling and out of town. The ideal candidate should be educated, CPR and First Aid certified (or willing to be) and willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement (NDA) as well as successfully completing a background check.


Applicants must have a valid G-level driver’s license and a clean driver’s abstract. They should also own a safe vehicle that can accommodate a child seat.


NOTE: All applicants must hold current status to legally work in Canada. Sponsorship is not being considered.



  • Collect the child from school

  • Drive to after-school activities or return home

  • Prepare a healthy snack and assist the child with any homework

  • Plan, prepare, and serve nutritious and balanced meals and snacks for the child

  • Clean up after meals

  • Bathe and dress the child and get ready for bed

  • Tend to personal hygiene and toiletry needs

  • Oversee child’s activities and rest periods, according to a schedule set by the parents

  • Tend to the emotional well-being of the child, sometimes under difficult/stressful circumstances

  • Discipline child according to parental guidelines

  • Organize and participate in activities such as games, play dates, crafts, reading, and outings to provide amusement, education, stimulation, and exercise

  • Keep bedroom, play and study areas clean and tidy

  • Overnight, proxy-parenting when the parents are travelling. Additional responsibilities will be involved.

  • Open to the possibility of international travel with the family and assist with child supervision duties

  • Maintaining an overall healthy and safe environment in the home

  • Keep records of daily activities and health information

  • Occasional errands related to child’s care (e.g., groceries, toiletries, etc.)




  • Childcare experience caring for pre-adolescent children

  • Experience working for HNW and/or UHNW families; a demonstrable track record of discretion and proven respect for NDAs within an employment context

  • Work experience in Europe as a nanny / governess or au pair is an asset

  • Possessing the maturity and intelligence to safely take care of the child overnight while parents are travelling

  • Demonstrated flexibility and adaptability; must be able to work in a self-directed manner with limited oversight

  • Patience and empathy are important

  • Prior responsibility for scheduling and overseeing children’s medical and dental care

  • Formal training in early childhood education and / or experience working within a daycare

  • Discretion, trustworthiness and reliability are essential — ideally have experience working for HNW / UHNW families who are in the public eye and reliably maintain discretion when faced with press intrusion

  • Safety and environmental awareness

  • Must be able to exercise calm, common sense in the event of a crisis or emergency. This may include comforting a young child through such occasions.

  • Neatness and presentability in all aspects

  • Must be security conscious

  • Must be dog friendly as there is a small hypoallergenic dog

  • Discretion and honesty in all matters

  • Must be punctual and organized

  • Must have a G-Level Driver’s License and be fully insurable

  • Owning a transport-safe vehicle is an asset

  • Must be willing to sign a Confidentiality Agreement

  • Must be legally eligible to work in Canada

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