Preston’s Answer to Mary Poppins

Preston’s College student, Chloe Fidler, has beaten off global competition to win a place at the prestigious Norland College in Bath. Famous for their ‘Mary Poppins-style’ uniforms, Norland nannies often work with celebrities and Royals – Prince Charles famously had a Norland nanny.

Chloe (21), has dreamed of becoming a Norland nanny from the age of eight when her mum mentioned the College after noticing how much she enjoyed looking after young children.

For the past two years she has been working at a residential home for children with autism in Ribbleton, whilst studying an access to Higher Education: Children and Young People’s Services course at Preston’s College.

Chloe explains: “I’ve always wanted to work in childcare and am determined to reach the very top of the profession so there was only Norland for me. It’s got a brilliant reputation and has been training nannies for 125 years.

“I wouldn’t have got there without the help of my tutors. In 2017 I was diagnosed with dyslexia and although I’d always struggled academically, I was determined it wouldn’t get in the way of my career. I got lots of extra help and support from the College and passed my exams. It was a very proud day when I was measured for my uniform.”

Mick Noblett, Vice Principal Curriculum, Delivery and Planning, at Preston’s College said: “Congratulations to Chloe, it’s a remarkable achievement for her to win a place at Norland. It’s testament that her hard work, the support of the tutors and wider support team has paid off. We look forward to celebrating her graduation in a few years, and hopefully welcoming her back to inspire the next generation of childcare superstars at Preston’s College.”


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