Practical training through the Norland Diploma

The Norland Diploma is an additional qualification you will work towards with modules integrated with the degree, followed by a fourth year as a Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) in employment. 

The purpose of the Norland Diploma is to prepare students for the practical aspects of the care and development of children in the early years (aged 0-8). It equips students with the practical skills and competencies required to work at a senior level or in sole charge within an early years environment, whether in a family home or setting, supporting the children and families with whom they will work.

Modules include Communication in Practice, Food and Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing, Play and Learning and Sewing.

You will also learn additional professional skills required to work with children, including good timekeeping, teamworking, excellent communication skills, respect for and love of children, and gain a strong understanding of and respect for confidentiality. These skills are taught throughout your training and culminate in a final module dedicated to employment. 

On completion of this course you will be able to link theory to practice and will become a reflective practitioner through teaching, reflection and lots of hands-on experience. It is the attainment of this prestigious qualification that distinguishes Norland graduates from other early years professionals and makes them highly sought after.


Placements are an integral part of our students’ experience at Norland . Across the three years, approximately half of your time is spent at Norland while the other half is spent gaining practical experience in an early years placement. Our students work in early years settings in the Bath area. Settings typically include hospitals, nurseries, schools and family environments – both ‘living in’ and ‘living out’. 

Having regular placements provides vital experience that will prepare you to deal with the real world scenarios you are likely to face after graduating. Having this wealth of experience in your toolkit is part of what makes Norlanders so instantly employable.

Experience with children

Throughout your training you will spend approximately half of your time gaining a wealth of experience with children in a variety of early years settings, including:

  • Nurseries
  • Family Centres
  • Primary Schools
  • Family Homes – ‘living-in’ and ‘living-out’
  • Special Needs schools
  • Hospital placement – in the maternity and/or paediatric wards

This wealth of experience will enable you to have a rounded view of different career opportunities once you graduate, as well as gain an understanding of what impacts children’s lives in different settings.

Newly Qualified Nanny year

Following the successful completion of three years at Norland and having earned your BA (Hons) in Early Years Development and Learning, you will embark on your final module of the Norland Diploma.

There are no tuition fees to pay in your Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. As an NQN, you will spend 12 months as a probationary nanny in paid full-time employment arranged through the NQN team. This first fully supported position will help you to develop your skills and build on what you have learned during your time at Norland, while having a dedicated team on hand. You will continue to be assessed during the NQN year.

The purpose of the NQN year is to enable you to gain confidence and experience as you enter the workplace for the first time as a nanny, while being supported by Norland and your employer. The NQN year ensures that the high standards expected of Norland graduates are maintained in practice. This unique combination of high-level academic qualifications and extensive practical experience is what sets Norland graduates apart from others in the early years sector.

As you approach the end of the NQN year, Norland Agency will work with you to help you to decide on the next steps in your career path. 

Successful completion of the NQN year will result in the award of the prestigious Norland Diploma and Badge, registration with the Norland Agency and access to its jobs database, the professional title ‘Norland Nanny’ or ‘Norlander’, and the lifelong support of Norland .

You can find out more about salary during the Newly Qualified Nanny year here.

  • Practical skills

    Find out about all of the practical training the Norland students do as part of the Norland Diploma, which runs alongside the BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning.

  • Food and nutrition

    One of the elements of the Norland Diploma, which runs alongside the 3 year degree at Norland, is Food and Nutrition. Hear from lecturer Sofie about what Norland students learn during these sessions.

  • Norland Diploma student placements

    Throughout the three year degree at Norland, students study for the Norland Diploma. Part of this involves spending time in a range of early years placements gaining experience with children aged 0-8. Watch the video to hear from our students about their experiences on placement.