Norland College is a British higher education provider based in Bath, Somerset. The college specialises in childcare, and is widely known for its prestigious training of nannies, nursery nurses and other childcare professionals, who are employed worldwide.

Norland nannies are seen as a status symbol[1][2] and are popular among celebrities and royals.[3] Alumni are termed "Norlanders".[2] Norland offers one degree programme: the BA (Hons) in Early Years Development and Learning, previously in association with the University of Gloucestershire.[4] In March 2019, Norland was awarded Taught Degree Awarding Powers by the Privy Council, which allows it to offer the degree through their institution, as well as enabling it to mark all student assessments internally.[5] It also offers the prestigious Norland Diploma.

History Edit

Norland was founded in 1892 by Emily Ward. It is the world's oldest childcare training institution. Ward believed in affectionate care which focused on the needs of the child and wanted to train nannies that would devote themselves to their charges and avoid using corporal punishment as much as possible.[6][7]

Throughout its history, Norland has been based at various locations throughout the United Kingdom, notably Chislehurst in Kent and Denford Park near Hungerford in Berkshire, and is currently based in Bath. Originally, Norland contained daycare and boarding facilities for infants alongside the training college for nannies. Norland in its current iteration in Bath is solely an educational institute.[citation needed]

In February 1999, the first male nanny trainee was accepted, and in 2012 the first male undergraduate was admitted.[8]

In 2005–2006, a documentary called Nanny School was filmed showing a year at Norland. It consisted of 15 episodes (5 per term) and was shown on Discovery Home and Health in October 2007.[citation needed]

Norland opened a nursery in the summer 2009, but it closed in 2013 for financial reasons.[9]

Curriculum Edit

From cooking and nutrition, to sewing and hairdressing, to theatre courses and self-defence, to lectures on sleep, neuroscience and child psychology […] the students learn how to play in the great outdoors, and how to drive in adverse conditions in order to keep their charges safe from the paparazzi and other potential dangers.

The Guardian[10]

Students obtain a three-year BA in Early Years Development and Learning, followed by a fourth low-income year working in a family on a similar trainee basis. This year is called the Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year[11] and only graduates of this are awarded their Norland Diploma. Students at Norland rotate terms between lectures in a classroom and placements in families, schools and nurseries, as well as at the Royal United Hospital on the maternity ward. They are also trained in tactical driving and self-defence in case they are hired by high-profile clients whose children might need such protection.[12]

In addition to being a higher education provider, Norland also functions as an agency that places graduates with families for the duration of the graduate's career.[13]

References Edit

  1. ^ "How Norland nannies became the ultimate status symbol". The Spectator. 23 January 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b Lavender, Natasha (4 September 2018). "11 things you need to know about Norland nannies". Good Housekeeping. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  3. ^ Murray-West, Rosie (17 May 2013). "Why 'Mary Poppins' Norland nannies are becoming kick-ass". Daily Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  4. ^ "Courses at Norland College". Norland College. Archived from the original on 19 February 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2010.
  5. ^ "Degree of success for Norland College as it gains right to offer university-style qualification | Bath Business News". Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  6. ^ "Modern Mary Poppins: inside the elite's nanny college – photo essay". the Guardian. 23 October 2020. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  7. ^ Sweeting, Adam (15 January 1999). "Supernannies". the Guardian. Retrieved 12 February 2022.
  8. ^ "Meet the Norland 'Manny': teenager is first undergraduate at world's most famous nanny academy". Archived from the original on 15 July 2015. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  9. ^ "Norland Nursery to close". Retrieved 14 July 2019.
  10. ^ "Modern Mary Poppins: inside the elite's nanny college – photo essay". The Guardian. 23 October 2020. Archived from the original on 18 April 2022. Retrieved 18 April 2022.
  11. ^ "Norland | Learn about the course content on our early years degree". Norland. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  12. ^ "Norland | Learn about the course content on our early years degree". Norland. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  13. ^ "Career pathways". Norland. Retrieved 12 August 2021.

Bibliography Edit

  • Penelope Stokes, Norland: The Story of the First One Hundred Years, Publ: The Norland College, 1992.

External links Edit

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