FAQ’s

Newborn Education Services and Training Courses

Questions always come up when we advertise our courses and events, and we want to save you some time by providing you with answers to some of the questions that we see a lot. Don’t hesitate to reach out with further questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Study?

1Why study?
Studying towards and achieving accreditation means you have earned your place by studying hard. It demonstrates to your clients your desire to professionalise because you have taken that step in personal and professional development, in itself a great feeling of self-satisfaction. For me, study is my ‘renewable energy’ and creates that ever important thirst to learn and extend my knowledge further.
2What are the course options?
A prospectus is available but in brief: (1) Level 3 PNC requires one full weekend’s attendance + one evening practice assignment, with courses spread throughout the year in both Universities (2) Individual weekend modular courses – Breast feeding; Sleep Training or Multiples are delivered bi-monthly (3) A new 5-day Summer Programme incorporating all N E S T accredited level 3 modular courses and the N E S T level 4 PNC course, valued at 80 credits, with the separate option to study a combined level 4 PNC & level 4 PND programme , combined credit value of 44; with workshops, lectures and held at the prestigious Imperial College University campus on an all inclusive basis - bed & breakfast, catered lunch and snacks throughout the day, free use of University sports centre facilities with pool. All N E S T courses now include an antenatal training component, particularly designed to enable those wishing to provide their own workshops and establish advisory groups.
3Who are the NEST courses for?
This course is for those of you who wish to upskill your knowledge and experience to provide specialised care to newborns, infants, and new mothers. It is open to all, however it is advised you would do well to have had a degree of previous experience as a nanny, nursery nanny, or carer.
4How big are the class sizes?
Class sizes are kept to smaller numbers so as to facilitate a positive learning environment for course students. This also helps us to provide the best possible standard of teaching practice. We aim to ensure that all students have the opportunity to receive quality individual time and attention from the course tutor.
5What is expected of you?
This course requires a 2-day intensive training period at one of our course locations, and is followed immediately by 6 weeks (Level 3) and 14 weeks (Level 4) of independent study and course work.
6Who teaches NEST courses?
Only N E S T accredited registered tutors can deliver and assess N E S T courses.
7What are the course outcomes?
The NEST developed courses are highly respected within the industry and graduates are often regarded as preferred service providers for many maternity placements. New entrants will benefit from opportunities for furthered experience. Potential earnings vary relevant to experience and qualifications.
8What is the cost?
Level 3 PNC; £460 Level 4 PNC; £640 Modular courses; £220 – £400 To successfully book and secure your place onto a course, you'll be asked to pay a £60 deposit. You will then be able to pay the remaining amount in installments. *Full course fees are due prior to your course dates.
9Are the courses cost effective?
Certification is enabling because it could increase your earning potential. For example, £1,000 in course fees could equate to more than one week’s work.
10How do I book onto a course?
Simply click one of the "Book Now" buttons. You’ll be prompted to complete a contact form and we'll then be in touch.

Accreditation & Qualification

1Is it accredited?
Courses by Newborn Education Services and Training (NEST) are accredited by OCNCredit4Learning.
2What is accreditation?
It is a process of validation in which colleges, universities and other institutions of higher learning are evaluated. The standards for accreditation are set by a peer review board whose members include faculty from various accredited colleges and universities.
3What are the credits and what do they mean?
According to the QAA, ‘a credit is a means of quantifying and recognising learning whenever and wherever it is achieved. It can be used as a tool to compare learning achieved in different contexts’. Most higher education programmes of study - for example, a BA (Hons) in English - are composed of a number of individual modules (or units). Some programmes of study (normally those which consist of more than one year of study) span a number of levels. Credit can be assigned to individual modules and/or to whole programmes. A number of credits is normally assigned to each module, which indicates the amount of learning undertaken, and a specified credit level indicates the relative depth of learning involved. Together, these are known as the credit value. Credit is awarded once you have successfully completed a module in recognition of the amount and depth of learning which you have achieved. Credits are then accumulated towards the total credit required for a programme of study and a qualification (for example, BA (Hons), MSc and so on). Most institutions that provide higher education programmes of study in England use credit.
4What previous qualifications would I need to attend any of the N E S T courses?
We have an open door policy to share learning, and providing you have the drive and desire to complete and learn, you are welcome to apply (all applications go to a Panel for assessment).

Course & Venue Info

1Where are the courses held?
NEST Courses are now running in London at the Imperial College, South Kensington campus and is easily accessible by public transport.
2When are the courses held?
The PNC and modular courses are held during the weekends to accommodate those who cannot take time off from work or family during weekdays. Our London course dates are usually held over the last weekend of every month.
3What should I do about accommodation?
Students attend from all over the world and normally stay at a local Airbnb or B&B, or travel in and out of the city central course locations.