Chagrin Falls nanny school trains students to care for children royally

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio - Sheilagh Roth started her English Nanny and Governess School nearly 30 years ago. On Monday, she and her students watched with joy as the Royal couple of Kate and William welcomed their prince into the world.

The Chagrin Falls Schools teaches ladies and a few gentlemen to be nannies and governesses.

"Being a trained nanny is really being an educator, not a baby sitter," she said.

Nannies care for the education and excellence of a child as well as its safety.

The royal baby will likely have a nanny or governess (a nanny with a college degree) but maybe more, especially if the couple has more children.

"In this day and age you have a team," she said. "You have a nanny during the day, then you have an evening nanny and a weekend nanny. Now perhaps she will be there with the children a lot so the nanny will step back and allow the duchess to be with the children."

Kate has signaled she will be less traditional and more like Princess Diana, who was a nanny and take charge in caring for her children.

Students at the English Nanny and Governess School also teach children manners, etiquette and how to behave, a lesson very important for a royal.

"The prince has to be taught how to have good manners, how to know the position he's going to hold and how to behave himself," Roth said.

If the duke and duchess are in need of a nanny or governess, Barrett Billow, a student here is ready for the call.

"Here at the school, we've been educated to be professional and so I would be so ready to go," she said.

The school is throwing a Royal Baby Shower and Tea Tuesday July 30 from 2-4 p.m. Children ages 2 to 7 are asked to wear regal attire. Admission for children is $10 while adult chaperones are asked to provide donation items for a local shelter. Call (440) 247-0600 for information.

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