Introduction by Kate Cranston-Stephens BA (Hons), DPNC, MdipEd & Founder of NEST
For over twenty years I have worked within the regime of the young and the very young as a Postnatal Carer / non-medical Maternity Nurse, teacher, researcher and educator. By combining these key ingredients I adapted my research into a training programme for those who wish to enter the specialist field of newborn care as a Postnatal Carer / non-medical maternity nurse.
All NEST courses carry accreditation, the PNC / non-medical maternity nursing course carrying 12 credits @ Level 3 (equivalent to NVQ level 3 or ‘A’ level), the highest accredited course of its kind anywhere, with the opportunity to upgrade to level 4.
What is a Postnatal Carer / non-medical Maternity Nurse and what do they do?
The Postnatal Carer / non-medical Maternity Nurse plays a tremendously important role in the lives of new mothers and their newborn babies; they provide support, advice and guidance and may remain in the home until the mother feels confident to care for her own baby. PNC's may choose to work on a consultancy-only basis.
NEST is proud to introduce Claire Thompson, our new representative and lead trainer for the Republic of Ireland. Claire has over 10 years experience in childcare for all ages, including a Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education.
As a former graduate of NEST's Post-Natal Care and Non-Medical Maternity Nursing course, Claire has since brought her skills, experience and expertise back to her native Ireland to great success as a postnatal carer and maternity nurse. In the last 5 years she has worked with dozens of families with newborn, premature and multiple babies she brings hands-on experience and a depth of practical knowledge about caring for young children. She is also a mother to two children under two, so has gained first hand experience of pregnancy through to toddlerhood.
Claire specialises in caring for multiples, but also has a superb track record helping parents and their babies through Sleep Training, Routine, Feeding and Nutrition. She understands it's just as important to care for the new parents as for the child, bringing a natural confidence that rubs off on all her clients.
Liz Woolfitt, NNEB, CPNC, DPNC
Liz Woolfitt heads the professional team of Modular Courses within Newborn Education Services & Training (NEST), an associate within its sister company, Newborn Education Ltd. Liz views her role as key in providing the perfect launch pad for a professional career in specific areas of postnatal care.
A strong advocate in providing ongoing training, Liz has a clear and fresh view on what is important to both parents and practitioners in Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, Multiples and Postnatal Depression, when working within these specialist areas of postnatal care, drawing on her own experience both as an employer and employee.
Having worked with children and families throughout her career - as a Nanny, and in postnatal care as a non-medical Maternity Nurse, Liz’s own extensive knowledge provides her with the ideal platform from which to deliver the NEST voluntary work experience programme, meeting with each student and visiting parent/s to ensure the right fit for both.
My name is Millie and I am an Australian PNC living permanently in the UK with a British passport. My passion is newborns and I have over five years experience working with children of a young age both privately and within child care services.
I am NEST trained in PNC/non-medical maturity nursing and currently extending my learning through the NEST breastfeeding course. I also have a Certificate ΙΙΙ and Diploma in Children's Services (a two year qualification in Australia).
I enjoy cooking, travelling, keeping fit and reading. I value the relationships built between myself and the families I work with and truly enjoy being a part of those special early weeks of a child's life.
NEST PNC Postnatal Care (PNC)/non-medical Maternity Nursing
Level 3, 12 credits £460
Level 4, 4 credits £240 for previous NEST students
Level 4, 22 credits £640
Any fee paying student signed up to participate in our modular courses is now invited to join the PNC/non-medical Maternity Nursing course as our guest
(no fee) giving the opportunity
to broaden their study base.
Work placements optional (after completion & accreditation)
Advice on developing your own surgeries and workshops, PR & marketing, CV & portfolio development.
As part of our enhanced programme of learning, modular course students are invited to join the PNC/non-medical Maternity Nursing course as our guest (no additional fee) giving the opportunity to broaden their study base and discuss their topic within a group dynamic. Please see the Booking Form for dates.
Well done! It's a fantastic course. I recommend it to all my nanny friends
- Delithea Denton
I just wanted to congratulate you for the great workshop that you have created about the role of the Post-natal carer. I enjoyed every single minute of it and later on I would love to participate to the PND workshop. The teacher was just fantastic and her teaching skills and experience have been so valuable to me.
- Vanessa Atzori
Dear NEST, just wanted to say thank you for providing such great courses for all of us working in the childcare industry. So proud to call myself a qualified NEST Post Natal Carer and I look forward to attending more courses.
- Colleen Hester
I trained with N.E.S.T in September last year. I have to say the training is fantastic. I fully enjoyed my P.N.C course and highly recommend N.E.S.T. I'm planning to top up my level 3 diploma to level 4. I'm also planning to do the sleep training course and multiples course this year. One of my local nanny agencies are posting me an application form and would like to interview me. My future career is looking very promising thanks to N.E.S.T!
- Kelly Carr White
I am back in chilly Johannesburg and ready to tackle my assignments! I absolutely loved the course and think Kate is truly inspiring!
- Patty Duff
I am really enjoying working through the coursework for the Breast feeding module. It is really the in-depth course I had hoped it would be.
- Kathie Tippett
Kate’s courses are always extremely professionally presented and delivered. I believe that one of the reasons for the success of this course is her ability to bring out the best in even the most unconfident of learners and to treat each learner with respect.
- L. Patel, Internal Course Moderator
I found the course to be impressive; lectures are informative yet interactive, academic without being too hi-brow, to the point yet substantial. Indeed, I took the opportunity of sitting-in on one of the courses as part of my own continuous professional development.