Gain real-world experience and grow your confidence on eight different placements and your Newly Qualified Nanny year

Placements are an integral part of the study experience at Norland. Over a third of your time will be spent gaining practical experience in a variety of settings including with families and at hospitals, nurseries and schools. A minimum of eight placements, including a 25-hour newborn experience, alongside your studies will prepare you to deal with the real-world scenarios you are likely to face after graduating.

In your fourth year, having completed your degree, you will embark on the final module of the diploma – the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. As an NQN, you will spend 12 months as a probationary nanny in paid full-time employment with a family arranged and fully supported by the NQN team. You do not pay fees for the NQN year.

Watch students and staff chat about placements by watching our Norland Unwrapped which explores the hands-on experience students receive.

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Students share their Norland stories

"I found out that nannying was a career and that I could be in a family home and I liked the ability to make closer relationships with individual children."

Sophia

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"I love to make a difference in children's lives and Norland allows me to do that."

Lucy

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"I think applying as a mature student was probably one of the best things I could have done."

Genna

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"I just really like the idea of being able to work within a family unit and work together as a team to make the best possible experience for their children."

Harriet

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

Ike

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“Norland is an investment in yourself.”

Matthew

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"It's a door to so many other doors and opportunities. It's the next step in both my personal journey and my professional journey in being the best person I can be."

Holly

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

Emily

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

Leah

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Some of the student placements you’ll have the chance to experience

Daily nanny with a family

An opportunity to work in a family environment as a daily (live-out) nanny.

Residential nanny with a family

You’ll experience working in a family environment as a residential (live-in) nanny.

Maternity or paediatric ward

Our students are unique in having the chance to experience working in a busy hospital.

Nursery

You’ll spend time in an early years nursery environment.

Primary school

You’ll have the opportunity to experience working in different classroom settings.

Specialised schools

You’ll have the chance to work in a special educational needs setting and other specialised schools.

Your Newly Qualified Nanny year

Following the successful completion of three years at Norland and having earned your BA (Hons) degree, you will begin your final module of the Norland diploma. There are no tuition fees to pay in your Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year. As an NQN, you will spend 12 months as a probationary nanny in paid full-time employment arranged by the NQN team. This first fully supported position will help you develop your skills and build on what you have learned during your training at Norland, while having a dedicated team on hand. You will continue to be assessed during the NQN year.

The purpose of the NQN year is to enable you to gain confidence and experience as you enter the workplace for the first time as a nanny, while being supported by Norland and your employer. The NQN year ensures that the high standards expected of Norland graduates are maintained in practice. As you approach the end of the NQN year, the Norland Agency will work with you to help you decide on the next steps in your career path.

Successful completion of the NQN year will result in the award of the prestigious Norland diploma and badge, registration with the Norland Agency and access to its jobs database, the professional title ‘Norland Nanny’ or ‘Norlander’, and the lifelong support of Norland.

To find out more about the NQN year, watch our Norland Unwrapped which focused on the probationary year via the button below.

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You’ll complete your training with extensive practical experience

Icon for Around 35% of your time at Norland is spent on placement

Around 35% of your time at Norland is spent on placement

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Eight different settings and 1,265 placement hours (34 weeks) while you study

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12-month probationary NQN role arranged and supported by us

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£26,754 average NQN salary in 2022/23, no tuition fees

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If you know of a family local to Bath with young children that would like an extra pair of hands and may be interested in hosting a Norland placement student while they are still in training, please do ask them to get in touch. We’re always looking for families and early years settings in or close to Bath.

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