The freely available masterclass will offer budding childcare providers everywhere a taste of what it takes to become a prestigious Norland nanny.

Norland, the Bath-based specialist provider of early years training and education, has announced the launch of its first, free online masterclass in early years education.

The masterclass, which will be freely available from 13 July 2020, has been specially designed as an introduction to the world of babysitting for teenagers and young adults.

Created by Norland Head of Training and Consultancy, Julia Gaskell, the masterclass offers a glimpse of what it takes to become a prestigious Norland Nanny. It covers a variety of topics from how to deal with different behaviours with special emotion coaching techniques, to the laws and rules of baby sitting and how to communicate with parents.

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The babysitting masterclass is the first in a series of online courses created to give everyone, everywhere a solid foundation in early years education from the comfort of their own home.

Dr Janet Rose, Principal of Norland College, said: “Founded in 1892, Norland’s mission has always been to provide a bespoke early years education and training to our on-campus Norlanders. However, we want to ensure our expert guidance and training is accessible for everyone, so we are thrilled to launch the short, online courses, so everyone is able to get a taste of what we teach at Norland. The college is steeped in history, but we are very much focused on the future.”

The online courses mark the first move into a world dealing with coronavirus, where many colleges and universities are adapting to offer more virtual teaching. However, Norland students are set to return to the campus later this year with special measures in place for added safety.  For example, Nicola Giddings, Norland Sewing Teacher, who has been creating PPE for key workers in Bath, has created specially designed face masks for all students and staff, in line with Government guidelines and the practical Norland uniform.

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