The world famous and prestigious Norland College is celebrating its 125th year of educating and training the very best early years professionals during 2017.
Norland College’s Principal, Dr Janet Rose said that “Norland’s 125th anniversary year marks an exciting new era for the College in a modern world.”
As the new Principal at the college, Dr Rose is driving the College’s new direction and focus: “We often use a phrase at Norland, which is ‘the College is steeped in history, but focused on the future.’ Whilst we are incredibly proud of our heritage and origin, we are constantly looking forward to ensure our training and education is ahead of its time and relevant for the careers our students will go on to pursue. There is an ever-increasing demand for Norland graduates who enjoy guaranteed employment opportunities.”
2016 saw the biggest intake of students in the College’s 125 year history with 92 undergraduates embarking on the four year degree and diploma course including the arrival of more male students than ever before. The Norland Curriculum is continuously updated to reflect a changing society including a focus on early years mental health as well as learning about cutting edge research on early brain development and neurophysiology.
Norland College was founded by Emily Ward in 1892 at its original location of Norland Place in London, before moving on to Chislehurst in Kent and Hungerford in Berkshire before finally settling in Bath in 2003.
Dr Rose continued: “Whilst many of the founding principles of Norland have remained the same since Emily Ward started the College, our students are training and working in a very different world and our teaching and curriculum reflects this; but at the centre of everything we do, just as it was 125 years ago, is the health and well-being of the children we care for.”
Dr Rose added: “I would say 2017 is the year that Norland College will build upon its reputation for being more than a Nanny College; we are developing our Consultancy Department which will continue to forge partnerships with leading organisations around the globe. The college is also establishing a Research centre which will explore a wide range of aspects related to early development. We will launch our ‘widening participation’ and social mobility campaign to encourage students from a more diverse range of backgrounds to study at Norland College.”
2017 will also see Norland College move its higher education provision from London Road in Bath to a new site in the city in Oldfield Park. “We have outgrown our existing premises and our new site will enable us to provide state of the art facilities to study the combined Norland undergraduate degree and Diploma.”
Plans to celebrate Norland’s 125th anniversary include a world record breaking Pram race, digitalising our archives and publishing 125 activities to do with children aged one to five.