- Matilda, 23, has been attending Norland College in Bath since September 2020
- Third-year student reveals she is taught self-defense lessons annually
- Norland nannies also have to complete 1,200 hours of placement to qualify
- The Prince and Princess of Wales have employed Norland nannies since 2014.
A student training at the same £15,000-a-year school as the Prince and Princess of Wales’ nanny has revealed she has taken lessons in everything from self-defense to baby bathing.
Matilda, 23, from Worcester, started at Norland College in September 2020 and currently has 18 months left to complete her training.
Graduates from the prestigious school in Bath – which was founded in 1892 – have gone on to look after the children of some of the world’s richest families, including celebrities and royalty.
The Prince and Princess of Wales first employed Maria Teresa Turian Borrallo when Prince George was eight months old and the Norland graduate now babysits all three of their children.
Mick Jagger is also reported to have hired Norland nanny Sally Arnold to look after his 51-year-old daughter Jade.
Now in her third year at the historic institute, Matilda reveals the full extent of the program’s rigorous training – which includes more than 1,200 hours of experiential placements.
Matilda, 23, from Worcester, is currently studying at Norland College in Bath. Graduates from the prestigious school – which was founded in 1892 – have gone on to babysit some of the world’s richest families
Matilda pictured standing in her uniform outside the school gate. Student Nani reveals how she needs to complete 1,200 hours on placement to qualify
Maria Teresa Turian Borrallo pictured with Prince George watching the Trooping of the Color procession in June 2015. The famous royal nanny studied at Norland College
She explained: ‘We have such a varied amount of training. This includes everything from learning to bathe and formula to child drama and then crazy stuff like skid pan training and self-defense.
‘Being a part of the Norland brand is much more than a typical university. You have a lot of responsibilities for how you present yourself to the world.
‘Everything you do makes an impact for Norland, and it’s been 130 years with an exceptional reputation, so I feel privileged to be doing this.’
Norland nannies do half their studies on placement, which starts six weeks into their first year and amounts to over 1,200 hours during their training.
Matilda reveals how students get trained in everything from baby bathing to self-defense
Royal Nanny Maria Teresa Turrian Borrallo pictured in her Norland uniform while attending Princess Charlotte’s christening in Cambridge with the Royal Family in July 2015.
‘Our placements are between eight and 12 hours a day, depending on what you’re doing, so it takes a long time,’ Matilda said. ‘Then for lectures it’s 9:30 am to 3:30 pm on most days, so go by the hours, it’s more than any other university.’
On top of this, the college’s founder, Emily Ward, introduced instantly recognizable brown uniforms to the students so that Norland graduates could be easily recognized as professionals and not mistaken for housewives.
Alongside their prestigious Norland Diploma, students receive a BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood Education and Care, paying £15,740 per year for both their qualifications.
Explaining the difference between the two, Matilda said: ‘We split the curriculum so we have two days for the Norrland Diploma and two for the degree.
The degree is very science based, like we have brain development lectures where we can see how children’s brains are working.
Mick Jagger is another famous face who hired a Norland nanny for his daughter Jade. Father and daughter pictured together during London Fashion Week in September 2019
Matilda is currently 18 months away from qualifying as a Norland nanny and has been appointed Deputy Head of Students at the college. Pictured outside the main entrance to Norrland
‘We learn about how raising children has changed over the years with the development of educational approaches and supporting theories, and how this is very different from the traditions we’ve seen in the past.
‘Then our diploma is the practical side of things, such as sewing and food nutrition.
‘We cover amazing topics with guest lecturers who talk about everything from the neuroscience of child development, to adopting anti-discrimination practice and more recently through emotion coaching to creative emotional support for children’ come to adopt a formally supportive environment.
‘Then you have all your baby stuff where you learn about topping and tailing, baby formula and how to make a cot or pram. We also have self-defense lessons every year.
Norland College was founded in 1892 by Emily Ward, a leading provider of childcare training. Image: Outside the prestigious school
But before she can officially qualify as a Norrland graduate, Matilda must first complete her newly qualified nanny (NQN) year in paid employment.
What is Norland Nanny?
Norland College, founded in 1892 by Emily Ward, is a leading provider of childcare training.
Its alumni include Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, the children of the Prince of Wales and maternal grandmother of the Princess.
Emily introduced a uniform so that Norland graduates could be recognized as professionals and not mistaken for housewives, and it is still a strong part of the college’s tradition.
The founder focused his training on the principles of German educationist Friedrich Froebel, who developed the ‘kindergarten system’.
Its Early Childhood Studies course focuses on many aspects of childhood.
Students study elements of social science, psychology, child health, history, literature, and education.
It also trains its students – known as ‘Norlanders’ when they graduate – how to work …
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