Harriet knew from a young age that she wanted to work with children. Nannying stood out to Harriet as it allowed her to build special one-to-one relationships with children and create nurturing environments that enabled them to thrive.

In her My Norland Story, Harriet discusses the special role of working within a family unit, the diverse academic and practical curriculum, the various careers outside of nannying that studying at Norland can open up, and the tight-knit community.

“I really wanted to become a nanny because I loved that one-on-one relationship you could build with children and you could create a really nurturing environment, sometimes in the home where that’s their number one base.

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“I just really like the idea of being able to work within a family unity and work together as a team to make the best possible experience for their children and, obviously, Norland offers a degree and the diploma which just makes it so much more unique.

“But ultimately I had a really, really amazing childhood and I just wanted to give that experience back to other children and their families and I thought where better to do that than at Norland.

“Reflecting on my three years at Norland, I have had the best time. I’ve had so much fun. Although I joined in first year with Covid, I wouldn’t have changed anything. My experience has just been amazing and I’ll be really sad to leave. The opportunities I’ve had so far have been amazing and I haven’t even graduated yet so I’m really excited to go into working in my dream job.”

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"To me, nannying was especially appealing because of the personal bond I could have with the child that you can't get in every profession and also the relationship you can have with families is amazing and such a privilege to have."

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