Norland Nannies - Training

Norland Nannies are unique – not only do they have an academic early years qualification that qualifies them to work independently with children, but they have also successfully completed the prestigious Norland Diploma at Norland College.



BA (Hons) Early Years, Development & Learning

All students who start at Norland from September 2013, and beyond, complete a 3 year degree (BA (Hons) Early Years Development & Learning) at the college. This is followed by a year working as a Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) in supported employment. Prior to this, students studied for 2 years at the college. Their third and final year would be spent working as a ‘Probationer’ whilst studying part-time to finish their degree.

The Norland Diploma

In addition to the degree, all Norland students study towards the Norland Diploma. Whilst the structure of the Norland Diploma has remained largely unchanged over the years, there have been some small alterations.

For details about the structure of the Norland Diploma for students who commenced their studies in 2013 and beyond, please click here.

For details about the structure of the Norland Diploma which will have been followed by students who started prior to 2013, please see below.

Practical Placements

Norland Nannies who started their training before 2013 will have spent every other week of their two years in college in an early years placement gaining hands on experience with children of all ages. Placements provide our nannies with a fantastic opportunity to put into practice what they have learnt in lectures.

Probationary Post

Norland Nannies will have had to successfully complete not only their 2 years' training at Norland College but also their 'Probationary Post' - working for one full year as a nanny in the UK. 

Creative Skills

All Norland Nannies are taught how creativity can engage children and help them to learn and develop through their play. Our nannies are taught how to develop children’s interests and imagination to engage them in learning, without them even realising it.

Home Economics

Nutrition and diet are vitally important to children’s development and growth. Norland Nannies are taught what a healthy balanced diet consists of for children, how to ensure that they are getting the nutrients they need for their growth and development, and ensuing they form a healthy relationship with food. Norland Nannies learn how to cook healthy meals for your children as well as how to cook with your children to help them develop an interest in food.

Practical Skills

Norland Nannies are taught the practical skills needed to care for children, including caring for a new born baby by making up bottle feeds, bathing, changing nappies (‘real’ and disposable) and supporting the new mother prior to, and after, the birth. They learn about the importance of routines and consistency in a child’s life, how to deal with challenging behaviour as well as how to engage children in storytelling.

Norland Nannies are also taught the importance of adapting their skills and knowledge to work with the choices of each family they work for.

On leaving Norland College, all Norland Nannies will have obtained their DBS (formerly CRB) Certificate, have completed a Paediatric First Aid course (renewed by the nanny every 3 years) and obtained a food hygiene certificate. All of our nannies who are drivers will have also completed advanced driving skills in 'Skid Pan' and the unique online training programme, Nanny Drive iQ.

Throughout their training and their careers, Norland Nannies must adhere to the Norland Code of Professional Responsibilities. If they are found to be in breach of the code, they can be removed from the Register following a decision by the Disciplinary Committee.

Removal from the register means that they are no longer able to look for a job through Norland Agency or to refer to themselves as a Norlander / Norland Nurse / Norland Nanny.

Before a Norlander is put forward for any positions, the Agency will ensure that the employer has been provided with a full employment history and has seen at least 2 of the most recent references.

Nanny Duties

Norland Nannies, including probationers, are responsible for all nursery duties. This includes cooking, cleaning and laundry but only for the children. 
Typical Norland Nanny duties include:

  • Physical care of the children
  • Supporting and providing activities for the all round development of the children
  • Communicating with parents on all aspects of the care of their children
  • Providing well balanced and nutritious meals appropriate to the needs of the children
  • Cleaning and tidying the nursery, bedroom, playroom and other areas agreed with the parents
  • Cleaning and tidying the accommodation provided for the nanny
  • Cleaning, laundering and mending the children’s clothes and toys
  • Responsibility for cleaning and maintaining household equipment relating to the care of the children
  • Ability to use all equipment related to the care of the children e.g. buggies and car seats
  • Travelling with the children and preparing for holidays, weekend visits, etc
  • Taking children to playgroup / nursery / school
  • Taking children on outings appropriate to their age and stage of development
  • Preparing for special occasions such as birthday parties
  • Caring for children when they are sick and administering medicine(s)
  • Discussion with parents relating to time on and off duty, nursery expenses, transport, babysitting

Other duties can be negotiated in the nanny contract, but a Norlander should not be expected to complete housework as part of their role that isn’t directly related to the care of the children.