Gain even more skills through our value-added training

A degree from Norland is unlike any other early years qualification. It’s the value-added elements of our curriculum which truly make it a degree with a difference.

Brokerswood

Bond and develop team building skills through a range of outdoor activities at Wiltshire’s Brokerswood. In partnership with Wiltshire Outdoor Learning Team (WOLT), students get to take part in a range of outdoor activities from canoeing to forest walks.

Drama workshop

Opened in 2005, the egg is the only children’s theatre outside London. One of their practitioners will deliver a three-hour workshop to you in your first year. Drama will help you to build relationships, learn to team-build and establish bonds with your fellow students that will support you throughout your training. You’ll also experience drama games that you can take to your placements to enjoy with the children in your care.

Emotion Coaching workshop

Emotion Coaching is based on the principle that nurturing and emotionally supportive relationships provide optimal contexts for the promotion of children’s outcomes and resilience. Dr Janet Rose, Principal, early years specialist, author, researcher and emotion coaching expert, will deliver a thorough introduction to the subject to you.

Arts-based creativity workshop

The House of Imagination’s arts-based creativity workshop will teach you how to help children explore natural materials and express their ideas and develop creative skills by looking at the world as a child might.  The House of Imagination is inspired by the celebrated Reggio Emilia educational approach in northern Italy that respects children and young people as strong, capable protagonists in their own learning. It recognises children’s innate inquisitiveness, and affords them the space, time and individual adult attention to explore and learn from the world around them.

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Alternative therapies day

This day is designed to introduce you to a range of holistic alternative therapies for children, such as mindfulness, homeopathy and reflexology.

A day at the beach

As a first-year student, you’ll spend a day devoted to the Norland Diploma programme at the beach. Spending the whole day in the outdoors, you’ll explore a range of activities transferable for use with children of all ages. A lovely way to round off your first year of study at Norland.

Security and cyber security training

You’ll be taught security training by former military intelligence officers. The training includes lessons on how to stay safe online and how to deal with potential security risks.

Self-defence training

You’ll learn self-defence training from a highly respected 7th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do trainer who travels all over the world to deliver training. He will provide you with a three-hour workshop in self-defence in the early stages of your training. You’ll then revisit self-defence again in your final year as a refresher, but also with emphasis on protecting your charges who may be in buggies, prams or walking.

Skid pan driving

This is a realistic and effective process of learning skid control driving techniques and the ideal safe environment to test your car handling skills. On a skid pan driving course in your final year, you’ll learn advanced driving techniques to control a car under any circumstances, including for instance the most adverse weather conditions, handling distractions from children in the vehicle and other potential hazards and risks.

Children’s Hospice South West

Situated at Charlton Farm in North Somerset, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) cares for children and families who live in South Gloucestershire, Bath and North East Somerset, West Wiltshire, Bristol and North Somerset. The hospice is an imaginative restoration of a listed farm and farm buildings, which has retained the homely feel of the farm house and yet provides stunning and spacious accommodation. In your second year, you’ll visit Charlton Farm to gain an insight into providing hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their families. It will also introduce you to the environment and to volunteers who keep the hospice open through fundraising.

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Optional classes available at additional charge

Makaton

While studying at Norland, you will have the option to learn Makaton in 18 hours taught over 15 weeks. Makaton is a sign and symbol language that can be used alongside speech to help children in their early years communicate while their spoken language skills develop. Signing can give carers a greater understanding of a baby’s wants and needs, which can help reduce frustration. Signing while speaking has been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills. This exclusive course is available only to Norland students and you will be given the opportunity to enrol on this course in your induction week when you start at Norland. The course includes two performances alongside the Norland Choir where you will be able to showcase your signing skills to friends and family. The cost of this optional course is £150 per year.

Spanish language lessons

As a Norland student, you will have the option to learn Spanish. Todo el Mundo has put together a package exclusive to Norland students for A1 beginners’ Spanish lessons for a minimum of one year. The course aims to give you the basics you’ll need in Spanish to go about your daily life in Spanish-speaking countries. Some students will potentially miss the lessons while on placement but online classes are recorded for students to catch-up in their own time and homework is set through our exclusive online learning forum. Included in the package is the 1.5 hour online live class every week during term time, a copy of the course textbook with CD and homework set through their exclusive online learning forum. You can sample a free taster course in September, giving you the opportunity to meet the teacher and find out more about the lessons. The cost of this optional course is £256 per year.

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Your Employment Weeks will fully prepare you for the world of work

In the final year of your degree, you’ll gain vital employment skills in preparation for your Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. You’ll spend eight weeks in a series of lectures and activities specifically designed to prepare you for your first role.

The schedule changes each year but a typical Employment Weeks programme may include: baby massage, children with food, London orientation, bereavement coaching, finance and contracts, safeguarding, fire safety, first aid, interview techniques, Aga training and Debrett’s etiquette training to improve your communication skills and build your confidence in any social situation. You are not required to wear uniform during your Employment Weeks.

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Performances by the Norland Signing Choir

A virtual performance by the Norland Signing Choir
The Signing Choir perform at the Norland Christmas Carol Service

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“If you are passionate about working with children, there is no better place to study than Norland.”

Hannah

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“My time at Norland has been so memorable and is one of the best things I have ever done. … If I could, I would do it all again."

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"I can easily say that, three years later, we all agree it has been the best thing for me as a person and for my career."

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"The beauty of the Norland name means you can end up anywhere in the world"

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Please note: If you are a British citizen, have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply to study at Norland in the normal way through UCAS.

If you are not a British citizen, do not have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or are a non-European Economic Area (EEA) or non-Swiss national, unfortunately you cannot currently apply to study at Norland.

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