Thursday, 20 December 2018

Practically Perfect Guide to Christmas

Christmas is a magical and exciting time, and having children brings lots of extra enjoyment, but it can be a little overwhelming at times.

Mary Poppins Returns is released in UK cinemas on Friday 21 December 2018

From creating unforgettable moments for the whole family to conquering fussy eaters and keeping tantrums at bay, four Norland Nannies from Norland College have listed their practically perfect tips for a Christmas that’s supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

What is a Grandparent?

Sarah Davies-Walters, Early Years Lecturer

I have just completed arguably the most exciting year of my life.

It all started with a small envelope placed under the Christmas tree in December 2016. I had hoped my daughter had bought me tickets to see Andre Rieu – she hadn’t. It was much, much better – a little card read: “You had better start knitting!” and so my journey to grandparenthood began and in September 2017, I became a Granny for the first time.

Thursday, 26 July 2018

Principal’s Award winner 2018 – Q&A

Katie finished her degree this year
An interview with Katie Thomas, Set 39

At our annual Heritage Day celebration in May, many students were recognised with various awards – from Volunteer of the Year to the winner of the Norland Bake Off. The Principal’s Award, re-established for 2018, is for students who display passion and commitment to Norland during their time here and was won by Katie Thomas of Set 39. Before she heads out to begin her Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN) year, we asked her to reflect on her time at Norland College…

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Story Sacks: an approach to sharing and enjoying books

Sarah Dray, Placement Officer

The ‘Snuggle up with a story’ blog by Katie Crouch highlighted the power of books. Children have a natural love of stories with their inquisitive minds and endless questions. Where ever I worked in a nursery, the book corner was always my favourite spot– cosying up with the children to read a story, making the characters come to life and using the time to engage and ignite children’s imagination, confidence and language; story sharing was always quality time. It was wonderful to observe the quiet, shy children slowly build confidence and become involved with the story that we shared. At nursery or home, any time of day can be filled with a story, the book shelf should be stacked to the brim with books about wild beasts, dancing giraffes, lions that loved, ketchup that went on my cornflakes, dinosaurs and machinery – everything and anything that captures children’s imagination. It is important to remember (and there is plenty of research (Van Bergen et al. 2017) to remind us) that children need to be surrounded with books to be able to appreciate literature – just like us!

Friday, 11 May 2018

Celebrating Heritage Day 2018 with Set 39

On Wednesday 9th May 2018 we held our Heritage Day celebrations at the Assembly Rooms in Bath. The annual event allows final year students to display the best of their Norland Diploma work to their fellow students, friends and family. 

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Snuggle up with a story

Katie Crouch, Early Years Consultant
Twitter: @crunchiekatie

The 21st World Book Day is fast approaching on the 1st of March. This celebration of books and the love for literature can be a great opportunity for you to connect with children through a joy of reading and story-telling. We asked our alumni/Norlanders (graduated nannies in practice) about how they celebrate books with their charges.

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Being a Norland College student with a feeding tube

Author: Imi Giles, Set 40

My name is Imi and I’m a second year student at Norland College in Bath. I want to share my experience of being a higher education student with a feeding tube and the journey I have been on.

Friday, 19 January 2018

The Power of Hug

Katie Crouch, Early Years Consultant
Twitter: @crunchiekatie

Hugs and cuddles can mean so many things: a greeting, a farewell, an act of love or affection or a reassuring embrace. Hugging and cuddling our children is one of life’s pleasures which can often diminish in occurrences as the child gets older. As humans, we can instinctively reach out to those who are hurt or distressed to give them a hug and an emotionally sensitive hug can be an important part of social bonding. Hugging can bring joy and a sense of calm to both people involved in the hug and, of course, it is extremely difficult to give a hug without receiving a hug in return.