Grow your confidence with extensive hands-on experience

Placements are an integral part of the study experience at Norland. Around 50% 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 six placements 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.

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

Ike

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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”.

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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) in Early Years Development and Learning, 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.

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You’ll complete your training with extensive practical experience

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Nearly 50% of your time at Norland is spent on placement

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Six different settings and 1,216 placement hours while you study

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12-month probationary NQN role arranged and supported by us

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£22,774 average NQN salary (London & Home Counties) and no 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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Please note: If you are a British citizen, have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or a national of the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland, you can apply to study at Norland in the normal way through UCAS.

If you are not a British citizen, do not have ‘right of abode’ in the UK, or are a non-European Economic Area (EEA) or non-Swiss national, unfortunately you cannot currently apply to study at Norland.

Please email admissions@norland.ac.uk if you would like us to contact you if this situation changes.

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