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.
Watch students and staff chat about placements by watching our Norland Unwrapped which explored the hands-on experience students get.Watch Norland Unwrapped
Students share their Norland stories
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.
You’ll spend time in an early years nursery environment.
You’ll have the opportunity to experience working in different classroom settings.
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 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.
To find out more about the NQN year, watch our Norland Unwrapped which focused on the probationary year via the button below.Watch Norland Unwrapped