Student placements

Placements are an integral part of our students’ experience at Norland College. Across the three years, approximately half of your time is spent in College 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.


If you live in Bath and need an extra pair of hands, you may be interested in having a Norland student who is still training at the college on a family placement.

Daily Placements

Are you a family with children under the age of 4 years who are at home full time rather than in any other childcare provision?  Would you be able to host a Norland student for 8 hours a day Mon-Thurs for set weeks potentially starting from September and over the academic year? Are you able to support and guide the student with their practice and encompass a visit from the placement team?

If you would like to become one of our placement families please email your interest to and we will be in contact with you shortly.

Families with multiples

We're looking for families in Bath with multiples for daily placements. However, if the family have accommodation for a student then we will consider families within an hour's drive of Bath. If interested please email us with your full postal address, telephone number, plus the ages of your children and you'll be added to our waiting list. Please note: being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a student due to the popularity of the placement scheme. 

Residential Placements

For Norland students to gain valuable experience of living in with a family, we're looking for families with two or more children in South West London or within an hour's drive of the Bath area. One child will need to be under the age of two at the start of the placement with the other under the age of five and the family will need a primary carer at home full-time. The students will do 11 hours per day, Monday to Thursday, with slightly reduced hours on a Friday. If interested please email us with your full postal address, telephone number, plus the ages of your children and you'll be added to our waiting list. Please note: being on the waiting list does not guarantee you a student due to the popularity of the placement scheme. 

Contact the Placements team 

If you are interested in having a Norland student on a placement and you meet the requirements outlined above, please contact the Placements team.

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  • Norland Diploma student placements

    Throughout the three year degree at Norland College, 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. 

  • Feedback from placement families

    “I have lost track of the number of times that I have recommended Norland to friends and colleagues since our student joined us on a placement. She has been absolutely unbelievable; her dedication is outstanding. The way that she approaches her work could not represent Norland any better. Her care and attention for our son is, at times, nearly indistinguishable from parental care. We’ve never thought twice about leaving our child with our Norland student; she constantly goes above and beyond and her poise and maturity give us complete reassurance. She has been a delight to work with.”

    "This girl is literally saving my life at the moment. On a training placement from the esteemed Norland College I am already so grateful for our nanny. Norland send their recruits on placement several times throughout their three year degree, and families with at least two children under three are eligible to host a live-in trainee (families with multiples or newborns are especially desired). There's other criteria - a suitable spare room, a short distance from their university in Bath etc - but it's a great thing to look into if you think you could offer one of their nannies a chance to learn about life with a busy family. Considering our sleepless nights have reached epic proportions - I haven't been asleep past 2am recently, and last night all three children were playing high jinks - it's wonderful to have someone there during the day to take the weight a bit. Thank you"

    Feedback from southmead hospital

    "I am writing to inform you about the two students that have just finished their placements with us on Percy Phillips Ward at Southmead Hospital. They were both professional, kind, always looked professional and courteous. They introduced themselves at the start of the placement and explained the experience they needed. They always were willing to help but never crossed any boundaries. They asked relevant questions when they were unsure and were a great help to the ward when we had babies to look after when the mothers were unable to." - Nicola Chinnock, Supervisory Sister for Percy Phillips Ward, Southmead Hospital

    Feedback from a Maternity patient

    "Following my elective caesarean section on 23rd March 2017 I stayed on the Mary Ward at Royal United Hospital (RUH), Bath. The Norland College Nannies undertaking their placement on the maternity ward were so lovely and so helpful - nothing was too much trouble. They really helped me and my husband;  from showing us how to do a top and tail bath, to escorting us and our baby to receive an ultrasound scan when it was located at the other side of the hospital!" - Lina Middleton, maternity patient at RUH Bath