Norland Unveils Brand New Uniform

For the first time in over 70 years, Norland has unveiled a brand new uniform for its students. The launch of the new uniform follows hot on the heels of other major changes at the college including the refurbishment of the college and the introduction of the three-year degree course (BA (Hons) Early Years Development and Learning).

The new uniform was designed locally by Bath-based Lauren Cope and produced by UK suppliers. Both the formal and practical uniforms have been completely re-designed to incorporate Norland's distinguished heritage whilst equipping the students for the demanding, modern early years roles they are training for.

Principal of the college, Liz Hunt said: “We felt it was important to modernise the uniform, just as we have made changes to the curriculum at the College. Norland trains the childcare professionals and nannies of the future and we wanted a uniform which would appeal to modern-day students."  She added, “We have worked with our designer to ensure we keep the ‘essence’ of what makes a Norlander stand out, and that the standards expected from our students in terms of appearance and practice is not lost.”

The formal uniform now includes a more fashionably cut long brown woollen coat, a 1950’s style dress, white or brown gloves – depending on the season, smart brown lace-up shoes and the iconic Norland hat. The photograph above shows the old uniform on the left and the new on the right.  The new dress has contrast panels and is made of a more comfortable material making it more flattering and practical to wear. The new practical uniform has changed from brown to blue, one of the original Norland uniform colours. It consists of navy blue trousers and jumper, a speedwell blue poloshirt and a wax jacket. The practical uniform is worn when students are on work placements in nurseries and schools, and when working in families.

The launch of the new uniform coincides with the release of the new Disney Film, Saving Mr Banks, which tells the story of how Mary Poppins was brought to the big screen. Proudly wearing their new uniform for the first time, our students were treated to an advanced private screening in Bath on Friday.

Photo courtesy of SWNS

Posted on 3rd December 2013