BY CALUM FRASER
A 21-year-old has become the second man in 126 years to graduate from a nanny college that teaches anti-terrorism and self- defence training.
The Norland College has been teaching students to become nannies, nursery nurses and early years education providers since 1892 and its alumni include Maria Borrallo who looks after Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
Liam Willett, of Beckenham, qualified with a Bachelors honours degree in Early Years Development and Learning this year, along with fellow male student Harry Pratt.
Liam, pictured, said: “I think the role of nanny would suit many men, even though it’s hardly what you would think of as a traditional male role.
“Once qualified and with a couple of years’ experience under your belt, it is a very well-paid profession. It is very rewarding.”
Norland Nannies are taught skid-pan driving, self-defence and anti-terrorism training as the graduates often care for children whose parents are at risk of attacks due to their wealth or position.
Liam said: “I wanted to be as big an influence on other people’s lives as one of my teachers had been on mine. I was very inspired and full of admiration for anyone who devoted their lives to giving young people a great start in life and steering them in the right direction.
“My first real job is currently occupying most of my day. I live-in with a family in London looking after their two-year old. I am there for the child from when he awakes to when he finally falls asleep at night. Most days I’m working for 12 hours.
“I have to say, it’s great fun and I am getting to use many of the skills and expertise I’ve learnt at Norland College.”
Liam enrolled at London South East Colleges’ (LSEC) in 2015 to study for a Level 3 diploma in Children’s Play and Learning Development.
At first he wanted to work as a teacher in primary or secondary school.
During his second year, the college invited a Norland Nanny to give a talk about her career. From this, Liam was inspired to take on the nanny degree.
Liam’s LSEC curriculum leader, Manju Khullar said: “During the two years that Liam spent at London South East Colleges, he developed a good knowledge and understanding of what is required as an early year’s practitioner.
“I saw a change in him once we had brought in the guest Norland nanny.
His whole focus shifted pretty much immediately, and he was determined to get the grades needed to gain entry to Norland.
I’m very proud of everything he has achieved so far, and I have every faith he will reach the very top of his career one day.”