Trainee nannies at a college in Bath are being taught self-defence and paparazzi avoidance skills as part of their BA Honours degree course. Norland College has been training professional nannies since 1892.
But to meet the needs of modern parents the college has added skid pan
training and Tae Kwon-Do to its degree course. Emily Ward, from Norland, said the activities ensure students are "fully
prepared for the environment that they're going out into". Norland nannies still wear the traditional Mary Poppin's style uniforms,
brown felt hat and white gloves.
In addition to everyday skills such as first aid and fitting car seats, the
nannies' three-year degree programme now includes lessons in self-defence and
how to deal with potential kidnappers. Abigail Harris, a Norland student, said: "They [the children] are your number
one priority and you have to know that you can protect them against
anything. So it's really important to be able to do this - it's a really important
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College training for 21st Century childcare also includes driving on a skid
pan at the Castle Combe Racing Circuit in Wiltshire. The class teaches students how to deal with icy roads and how to safely get
away from pursing photographers trying to take pictures of the children in their