Paige (Set 42) talks about how a trip to Borneo working with children led to her decision to change her plans to study a geography degree and come to Norland instead.
“Originally, when I Ieft Year 11, I didn’t want to do anything to do with childcare. I wanted to do a geography degree at university. But then I went away to Borneo for a month and worked with children there. I came home and I knew that was what I wanted to do.
“I actually came across a video of the choir singing, which is a very unique way to find Norland. I came to an open day four days after that and I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do.”
“My biggest worry was that I hadn’t done anything particularly childcare-related before that, other than just work experience. So, I was very worried that I’d be behind everyone else in that. But there are so many people from so many different backgrounds and different routes that that was never a problem.”
“Now in my second year when I go on to placements and I do things and I realise I really have learned quite a lot, that you don’t necessarily think you have. Parents ask you questions, and you think ‘I remember this lecture earlier this year that was exactly talking about that’. It’s really helpful the theory and practice.”