Newly Qualified


A Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) is a nanny who has completed three years of intensive early years training at Norland College including the BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning and the first 3 years of their Norland Diploma. The NQN year is a full-time nanny position in which the NQN is employed by a family. The aim of which is to enable the NQN to gain confidence and experience as a full-time nanny whilst being supported by Norland and their employer.

Successful completion of the one year NQN post is the final part of the Norland Diploma qualification, ensuring that qualified Norland Nannies are practitioners with both high level academic qualifications as well as extensive practical experience. All of our NQNs are qualified to work independently with children but have not yet achieved their Norland Diploma, which earns them the right to refer to themselves as a Norland Nanny, or 'Norlander'. 

NQNs will be paid a ‘newly qualified salary’ for a one year fixed-term contract and will be expected to undertake all of the duties of a fully qualified Norland Nanny.

Families will pay a reduced fixed Agency fee - 10% of the NQN’s gross annual salary plus VAT.

Newly Qualified Nannies:

  • Have completed 3 years training at Norland College including practical placements in various settings
  • Are qualified to work independently with children
  • Work with a family on a 1 year fixed-term contract to complete their Norland Diploma
  • Are different to Student Placements, which are for 6 week periods

If you are interested in employing an NQN, please note the following important information:

  • NQNs become available for interviews each year from the end of June until they are all successfully placed in an NQN role. Please contact the NQN team throughout the year to enquire about the remaining availability of NQNs.
  • Due to the high demand for NQNs, we are unable to guarantee that all registered families will be sent an NQN CV or in hiring an NQN.
  • In order for a position to be suitable for an NQN placement, families must require a nanny for at least 1 child who is not attending either full-time nursery or school. The reason for this is so NQNs can have experience of planning for and documenting children’s development and learning using the Early Years Foundation Stage, which applies to children from birth to 4 years 11 months old.
  • NQNs are required to work in England and we cannot therefore register overseas positions for NQNs.
  • NQNs will be placed with a family working as a nanny on a 1 year fixed term contract.
  • Nanny Shares cannot be considered for an NQN position.
  • NQNs can work on a ‘residential’ or ‘daily’ basis, depending on the family needs.
  • NQNs are required to work a minimum of 45 hours per week with a maximum of 50 hours for a daily nanny or 60 hours plus one evening of babysitting (until 11pm, excluding the last working day of their week) for a residential nanny. Occasional additional hours may be negotiated directly with the NQN outside of the contract. NQNs are required to work in England and Wales, and we cannot therefore register overseas positions for NQNs.
  • NQN salaries will be prorated according to contracted hours. 
  • NQNs are required to receive 2 consecutive days off per week.
  • Norland requires NQNs to complete compulsory documentation such as a nanny diary, learning journals, weekly plans and menu plans throughout the year.
  • Families will be asked to support the NQN throughout the year in what will be their first full-time post as a nanny and allow an NQN Consultant from Norland to visit the NQN in their post at least once during the tenure.
  • Families will be expected to complete appraisals with their NQN at 4, 8 and 12 months, reminders and templates will be provided.
  • A dedicated NQN team at Norland will support both the NQNs and the families throughout the year with an assessment visit to the family home and regular phone and email contact. This will include an email progress check with the families at around 1 and 10 months.
  • At the end of the NQN year, the family and the NQN can discuss renewing the contract and moving onto a fully qualified Norland Nanny contract. Norland Agency will be available to provide support, including providing a draft contract.

We are delighted you are interested in having an NQN. Please take your time to consider whether this would be a suitable childcare option for your family’s needs. 

If you would then like to register your position, please do so by completing the registration form and providing the relevant documentation (as detailed on the form). 


Each new Set of NQNs will be able to start applying for positions from the end of June each year. However, we will continue to take applications throughout the year until all NQNs are placed. Please contact the NQN team throughout the year to enquire about the remaining availability of NQNs. 


For salaries and placement fees, click here