What is a student placement?

Norland students spend around half of their training gaining practical experience in a variety of early years settings, including family environments for both daily and residential placements.

Daily placement
We’re looking for families living in Bath with children under the age of two who are at home full-time rather than in any other childcare provision. You should be able to host a Norland student for eight hours a day, Monday to Thursday for set weeks potentially starting from September or over the academic year. You will need to support and guide the student with their practice and host a visit from the placement team.

We’re currently appealing for families to host Norland students on daily placement for the 2023-24 academic year. If you’d like to find out more, please contact the placement team

Families with multiples
We’re looking for families in Bath with multiples for daily placements, as detailed above, or within an hour’s drive of Bath if you have accommodation.

Residential placement
For Norland students to gain valuable experience of living in with a family, we’re looking for families with two or more children that have a SW postcode or within an 45-minute 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 eleven hours per day, Monday to Thursday, with slightly reduced hours on a Friday. The next residential placements will take place in February and May/June 2024.

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Request a student placement

If you are interested in having a Norland student on a placement and you meet any of the requirements outlined above, please email the Placements team 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 to discuss hosting a student placement

+44 (0)1225 904488 [email protected]
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Feedback from a placement family

“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.” 

Read our student placement testimonials

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“My time at Norland so far has been an extraordinary adventure.”


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“Coming to Norland has been the best decision I have made in my life so far”.


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“Norland doesn’t just make you a nanny, it makes you an amazing early years practitioner.”


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Employing a student

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Many Norland students earn while they learn and gain useful additional hands-on experience providing childcare duties in their free time and during the holiday periods. If you would like to employ a Norland student to help with regular childcare duties in the evenings or at weekends in the Bath and surrounding area, or you would like to employ a student during a holiday period, please click the button above.

Meet the placements team

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Jo Brimble - Placement Manager

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Clare Harvey-Smith - Placement Officer

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Katie Marshall - Placement Officer

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Rebecca Morrison - Placement Officer

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Katie Sykes - Placement Officer

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Vicky Webster - Placement Administrator

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