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 completed the prestigious Norland Diploma at Norland College.
The Norland Diploma consists of 5 elements, a certificate in Creative Skills, Home Economics and Practical skills, practical placement assessments and a probationary year working as a nanny.
Creative skills - All children learn through play and play requires creativity from both the child and carer; whether you are creating a spaceship out of a cardboard box for your next adventure, painting your next masterpiece or creating characters for your latest story.
All Norland Nannies are taught how creativity can engage children and help them to learn and develop through their play. They 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. They learn how to cook healthy meals for your children as well as how to cook with 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 story telling and how to entertain children on a rainy day!
Norland Nannies are also taught the importance of adapting their skills and knowledge to work with the choices of each family they work for.
Practical placements – For 2 years while studying, Norland Nannies spend every other week in a childcare placement gaining hands on experience with children of all ages.
Probationary post – Before qualifying at Norland College, our nannies and maternity nurses will have spent one full year working as a nanny in the UK; the family are asked to complete appraisals on the students to ensure they are upholding all of the Norland standards. Please click here for information about employing a probationer nanny.
From September 2013, students at Norland College will cover the following core elements of the Norland Diploma: Placements, Play and Learning, Care and Wellbeing and Food and Nutrition.
When Norland Nannies leave Norland College they are all DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service - formerly the Criminal Records Bureau) checked, have completed a Paediatric First Aid course (which we encourage them to renew every 3 years), have all received Skid pan and driver awareness training (if a driver) and obtained a food hygiene certificate.
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.
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.