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 carries 12 credits @ Level 3, which is the equivalent to NVQ level 3 or ‘A’ levels – the highest accredited course of its kind anywhere. There is also 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). 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 for providing ongoing training, Liz has a clear and fresh view on what is important to both parents and practitioners when it comes to Breastfeeding, Sleep Training, Multiples and Postnatal Depression.
Liz has worked with many children and families throughout her career – both as a nanny and also as a postnatal carer.
Drawing upon professional experience both as an employer and employee within these specialist fields, Liz is able to offer real-world applicable scenarios, trouble-shooting and advice.
NEST PNC Postnatal Care / non-medical Maternity Nursing
Level 3, 12 credits £460
Level 4, 4 credits £240 for previous NEST students
Level 4, 22 credits £640
Work placements optional (after completion & accreditation).
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. There is no additional fee required. This additional inclusion gives you the opportunity to broaden your study base and discuss your course topics within a group dynamic.
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 just want to thank you for the photo you sent and also for the training we had that weekend. I was so touched and moved to hear all the stories and experience shared. I was also inspired and determined though the knowledge and the teaching I gained that weekend to work hard and go out there, to be of help to new mums and their new babies. I just can't wait to work hard. Again thank you so much!
- Judith Katimbo
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.
- D. Stephens, BA(Hons) Dip SW CQSW
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