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What is a Norland nanny?

Norland College has been providing best-in-class Norland nannies for over 130 years. 

Students study a BA Degree in Early Years Development and Learning, followed by a year being monitored as a New Qualified Nanny before finally being able to call themselves a Norlander. 

These nannies will go on to work as overseas nanniesliveout nannies, livein nannies and maternity nurses. 

During their training they will have hands on experience working in a variety of placements which will offer them an intimate understanding of the job, backed up by the excellent academic training provided by the college. 

Norland nanny duties can include; arranging age applicable activities and trips, cooking meals, overseeing homework, children’s laundry & ironing, providing feedback to parents and developing routines.


Norland nanny will undertake any live out, live in, rota, international nanny position and hence a Norland nanny will work the hours dictated by those roles.

Salary expectations

Norland nanny salary will be dependent on whichever role (live out, live in, overseas, rota) they apply for, but will likely be at a premium to their counterparts who don’t have the Norland nanny qualification. 

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How long does it take to hire a nanny?
Open How long does it take to hire a nanny?

The average time to recruit a nanny from start to finish is 2-6 weeks.

The Signature Staff team spend a considerable amount of effort to draw up a shortlist of candidates whom are the best-fit for your household based on your requirements and their skill-set and personality.

Further time needs to be allowed for the schedules of both the client and candidates for interviews and possible subsequent trials particularly for overseas roles.

If you require and position to be filled urgently please advise your consultant of your anticipated time frame and we will work out hardest to fulfil your request.

For a temporary nanny the process can prove to be over a significantly shorter time frame (as little as 1 hour).

What qualifications does a nanny need?
Open What qualifications does a nanny need?

There are many educational qualifications available to nannies in the UK:


  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Practice
  • NVQ Level 3 Certificate in Work with Children APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experience and Learning)
  • NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • Edexcel Level 3 BTEC National Certificate
  • SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education (Scotland)
  • LCCIEB NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education
  • Advanced Modern Apprenticeship in Early Years Care and Education
  • The Chiltern College Certificate
  • The Norland Diploma
  • The Princess Christian College

Outside of UK

Each country will have their own courses; in Australia this could be a TAFE Diploma in Community services whereas in New Zealand there is a government based initiative which aims to teach parents and child carers alike the best way to look after young children. A few nannies will have gone through the PORSE system and completed their qualifications.

What qualities make a good nanny?
Open What qualities make a good nanny?
  • Ability to engage children
  • Discipline and patience with children
  • Organisational skills
  • Flexiblity
  • Easy to live alongside (if live-in nanny)
  • Ability to cope in an emergency
  • Reliability, honesty, and trustworthiness

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