Value-added Curriculum

A degree from Norland College 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.


As an early bonding opportunity, first-year students visit Brokerswood in Wiltshire during Welcome Week. 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 delivers a three-hour workshop to our students in their first term. Drama helps the students to build relationships, learn names and team-build so that the groups will begin to form the bonds that will support them through their training. Students also experience drama games that they will take to their placements to enjoy with the children in their 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, delivers a thorough introduction to the subject.

5x5x5=creativity workshop

5x5x5=creativity is an independent arts-based action research organisation which supports children in their exploration and expression of ideas, helping them develop creative skills for life. 5x5x5 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. These workshops allow first-year Norland students to explore natural materials and look at their world as a child might. 


While studying at Norland, students 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. There is an additional charge for this course. Read more here.

Spanish lessons

Todo el Mundo have put together a package exclusive to Norland students for A1 beginners’ Spanish lessons for a minimum of one year. The course aims to give students the basics they need in Spanish to go about their daily lives in Spanish-speaking countries. There is an additional charge for this course, see our website for the latest fee. Included in the package is the 1.5 hour online live classes every week during term time, a copy of the course textbook with CD and homework set through their exclusive online learning forum. 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 homeworks set through our exclusive online learning forum. Read more here.

Children’s Hospice South West visit

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. Second-year Norland students are taken along to one of the open days to give them an insight into the running of a hospice. It also introduces them to the environment and to volunteers who keep the hospice open through fundraising.

Alternative Therapies day

This day is designed to introduce students to a range of holistic alternative therapies for children, such as mindfulness, homeopathy and reflexology. Norland Diploma activity day First-year students spend a day devoted to the Norland Diploma programme at the beach. Spending the whole day in the outdoors, they explore a range of activities transferable for use with children of all ages. A lovely way to round off the first year of study at Norland College.

Security and cyber security training

Since 2017, students at Norland College have been taught 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 classes Self-defence trainer Andrew is a 7th degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon-Do. He travels all over the world to deliver training and is well respected in Tae Kwon-Do circles. He offers our students a three-hour workshop in selfdefence in the early stages of training. Self-defence is revisited with students in the final year of the degree as a refresher, but also with emphasis on protecting their 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 students’ handling skills. Students undertake skid pan driving in their final year during Employment Weeks to ensure they’re able 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.

Employment Weeks

A series of lectures and activities developed for final-year degree students, in advance of their Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. IIn addition to security and cyber security training, the Employment Weeks schedule covers a wide range of topics*. Examples include: 

• Baby massage

• Children with food

• London orientation

• Bereavement coaching

• Finance and contracts

• Fire safety

• Safeguarding

• First aid

• Interview techniques

• Debrett’s training

*The content of Employment Weeks activities is subject to change each academic year.