Practical training and
experience with children 

The Norland Diploma is not a ‘stand-alone’ course but consists of practical training embedded in your degree training followed by a newly qualified nanny year in employment. It is what distinguishes Norland graduates from any other early years professional and makes them highly sought after.

In order to qualify as a Norland Nanny, all students must successfully complete their degree and each unit of the Norland Diploma:

Practical training

The aim of the Norland Diploma is to prepare students for the practical aspects of the care and development of children in their Early Years (aged 0-8).

The Norland Diploma training equips students with the practical skills and competencies which are required to work at a senior level or in sole charge within an early years environment (family home or setting), supporting the children and families with whom they will work. On completion of this course you will be able to link theory to practice and will become a reflective practitioner through teaching, reflection and lots of hands on experience.

The modules in the Norland Diploma include (a full list of the modules can be found here).

  • Care of Babies and Infants – theory based and practical lectures will teach you everything from nappy changing, bathing and bottle feeding to travelling with children and health and safety considerations when out and about.  
  • Food and Nutrition – practical cooking sessions underpinned with theory of nutrition, you will learn everything about children and food, including weaning, how to engage children with food and cooking for children with specific dietary needs. 
  • Sewing – these practical sessions will teach you the basic sewing skills to enable you to engage children in their learning through creativity by making items such as puppets and dress up items, often from recycled materials.
  • Party Project – This exciting module encapsulates all of the other modules in one place; you will plan an age appropriate children’s party considering all aspects including the food, games, theme and health and safety. An essential Nanny skill!

Throughout your Norland training you will also learn additional professional skills required to work with children including good timekeeping, team-working, excellent communication skills, respect for and love of children and gain a strong understanding of and respect for confidentiality. These skills are taught throughout your training and culminate in a final module dedicated to employment.

Experience with children

Throughout your training you will spend approximately half of your time gaining a wealth of experience with children in a variety of early years settings, including:

  • Nurseries
  • Family Centres
  • Primary Schools
  • Family Homes – ‘living-in’ and ‘living-out’
  • Special Needs schools
  • Hospital placement – in the maternity and/or paediatric wards

This wealth of experience will enable you to have a rounded view of different career opportunities once you graduate, as well as gain an understanding of what impacts children’s lives in different settings. Click here for further information on Placements

Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year

The final module of the Norland Diploma is the NQN year. Following the successful completion of three years at college, the NQN year is spent working as a nanny in paid employment arranged by the dedicated NQN team. This first fully supported position helps you to develop your skills and build on what you have learned during your time at college, whist having a team on hand to support you.

During the NQN year Norland provides support, advice and guidance for the duration of your post.  As you approach the end of the NQN year, Norland Agency works with individuals to help them decide on the next steps in their career path.

In order to pass this final year, you must have received successful appraisals from your employer and have produced documentation that is assessed against formal criteria e.g. menu plans and learning journals.

The purpose of the NQN year is to maintain the high standards expected of our graduates, and to provide support as you enter the work place for the first time as a nanny.

Successful completion of the NQN year will result in the award of the Norland Diploma and Badge, use of Norland Agency, the title ‘Norlander’ and the life-long support of Norland.

  • Practical skills

    Find out about all of the practical training the Norland students do as part of the Norland Diploma, which runs alongside the BA(Hons) Early Years Development and Learning.

  • Food and nutrition

    One of the elements of the Norland Diploma, which runs alongside the 3 year degree at Norland, is Food and Nutrition. Hear from lecturer Sofie about what Norland students learn during these sessions.