An interview with Norland Nanny of the Year 2021

What is your favourite part of being a Norland Nanny? 

One of my favourite parts of being a Norland Nanny is the people I have met throughout my journey. Norland is like having an extended family. I know I can go to other nannies who may have been in a similar situation to get advice or to talk through any challenges I’m experiencing. We have a supportive and friendly online community and I know I can always pick up the phone and contact Norland with any queries or worries. I have met some of my best friends through Norland. Not just when attending university, but subsequently whilst working I have met Norlanders living nearby and we have an immediate common bond due to our training. 

What has your career been like so far? 

Although my career as a nanny is only beginning, I’ve been so lucky to have travelled to so many different places and have had lots of experiences. During my time at Norland, I was able to be a holiday nanny in the term breaks. I travelled to different countries including United States, Spain, Italy, Netherlands, and the Bahamas to name a few. 

In my first year as a Newly Qualified Nanny (NQN), I moved to Barnes in London. I stayed with my NQN family for one-and-a-half years. I keep in contact with them even though they have moved to Switzerland. The family was incredibly supportive and kind, and I couldn’t have wished for a better welcome into full-time nanny life. 

I was then able to travel to Bali for five months for a temporary role. This gave me many new experiences as well as challenges. I was in an unfamiliar country with different cultures and caring for three children who were also away from their normal routine and environment. I developed my nannying skills when away but also learned more about myself on a personal development journey. The picture is of me participating in a blessing in a waterfall at a full moon ceremony.

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