Thursday, 12 September 2013

A First from Norland - how does it feel?

Lucy Leaning, from Set 33 graduated from Norland in May 2013 achieving a First Class Honours for her degree.  

Lucy is now working as a Norland Nanny and we asked her to tell us all about it!

How does it feel now that you have completed your degree?

"There is a sense of satisfaction that the years of hard work have paid off! When starting at Norland and undertaking the degree course it all seems a bit daunting, with four years looming ahead of you; looking back I'm not sure how I managed juggling a 60 hour job plus academic work and having some kind of social life! However, now I can say that I have a first class BA Hons degree so it was most definitely worth it." 

Lucy receiving her Norland Diploma, May 2013

What do your friends and family think of your achievements?

"My family and friends are immensely proud of my achievements, especially after seeing the time and dedication it took to complete it. They are also delighted that it has opened many doors to future employment and it adds the academic element to the role as a Norland Nanny."

What are you up to now?

"I have been with a family, caring for three children, for two years now, however they are all going to school in September so it is time for me to look for new challenges in a different nannying role."

So, what next...?

"Norland offers so many opportunities that it is hard to decide which direction to take with regards to employment. For this year I am hoping to do some temporary nannying which would enable me to do some travelling in between jobs before settling into another full-time position or maybe work in holiday resorts abroad."

Norland Diploma badge

What is your best memory of your Norland training?

"Norland is a unique environment in which you form a close bond with the lecturers and peers. My best memories are of us all being in the formal uniform either cooking, sewing or doing practical skills trying to absorb all the information the lecturers are telling us whilst having a giggle with a friend about your cake that won't rise or the needle you can't thread."

What would you say to someone who was thinking about applying to study a degree at Norland?

"I would say that if you are looking to be the best in a childcare profession then Norland is the place to come. When you have completed the training there are so many opportunities. It is an institution that is known all over the world which means that you can find employment in any country you wish. Alongside the Norland training you can achieve the academic results to enable you to progress into professions such as teaching or nursery management if you wish."

Norland offers students the unique opportunity to study for a degree alongside the Norland Diploma.
Find out more about the training on our website.

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

College Refurbishments

From the outside the college still looks much the same as it did when Set 36 left for the summer back in July.

However take a look inside...

The new college reception, complete with very funky light, welcomes visitors to the college.

The new common room, that students will use for their lunch and break times complete with student kitchen, provides a relaxing environment students can make their own.

 The Conference Room is now a versatile teaching space that also houses the Learning Resource Centre! 

The new college will be showcased to any students that are thinking about applying to Norland on Saturday 28 September. Simply drop in any time between 10.30am and 2.30pm to see the new building, find out about our new degree and talk to staff and students about what it is like to study at Norland.

More information can be found here on the website.