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 Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year 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 which are 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. Throughout your training you will also learn additional professional skills required to work with children, including good timekeeping, team-working, 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 achieving this prestigious qualification which distinguishes Norland graduates from other early years professionals and makes them highly sought after. 

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. Click here for further information on Placements. 

Newly Qualified Nanny year

The final module of the Norland Diploma is the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. Following the successful completion of three years at college, the NQN year is spent working as a nanny in paid employment arranged by the dedicated NQN team. This first fully supported position helps you to develop your skills and build on what you have learned during your time at college, whilst having a team on hand to support you.

During the NQN year Norland provides support, advice and guidance for the duration of your post. As you approach the end of the NQN year, Norland Agency works with individuals to help them decide on the next steps in their career path.

In order to pass this final year, you must have received successful appraisals from your employer and have produced documentation that is assessed against formal criteria e.g. menu plans and learning journals.

The purpose of the NQN year is to maintain the high standards expected of our graduates, and to provide support as you enter the work place for the first time as a nanny.

Successful completion of the NQN year will result in the award of the Norland Diploma and Badge, use of Norland Agency, the title ‘Norlander’ and the life-long support of Norland.

  • 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.