Caring for newborns; Supporting “new” mums

Postnatal Care Course

The PNC/non-medical Maternity Nursing course is offered at level 3 and/or level 4, progressing to level 5.

Why do we use the term “Postnatal Carer”?

The term maternity “nurse” suggests a medically qualified practitioner, which our research found to be misleading for ‘new’ mothers and those wishing to train in newborn care. Hence the term Postnatal Carer was born.

The NEST course in Postnatal Care has been designed as a learning tool to build

confidence, promote education in newborn care and to act as a refresher for those already working within the profession who wish to share ideas, compare experiences and add to their portfolio. Part of the course is delivered as a 2-day intensive classroom style programme, followed by 6 weeks in research and study with tutor support for level 3, and 14 weeks at level 4. Upon final course work submission, assessment and grading follow within a stringent framework as dictated by the Accreditation Body.

What is the difference
between levels 3 and 4 and 5?

According to the QAA, Level 3 is classes as an entry to higher education (similar to NVQ 3/’A’ level study); Level 4, equivalent to the first part of Higher Education study (first part of a university foundation entrance); Level 5 is representative of the last part of a foundation degree.

The NEST Postnatal Care courses all include a combination of antenatal, postnatal, and special areas of care. Components of each level bear the same foundation, however the study doctrine is just adjusted for each level. All courses require dedicated research, study, time management, written papers, and presentations. However there are no exams.


By the conclusion of the N E S T course in Postnatal Care, apart from developing a complete understanding of how to provide a complete practical care solution, you will be expected to:


be able to differentiate between the role of the postnatal carer/non-medical maternity nurse, and where your role sits within the team of health care professionals (such as midwives, health visitors, etc)


have conducted an in-depth interview with a new mother in order to ascertain her needs and then assess the level of care each new mother, her baby and her family in order to thrive


have achieved an understanding how to offer guidance and support in order to attain this


understand the common worries of the new parent/s and advise accordingly, demonstrating your ability in how to encourage the new mother to discuss her feelings


critically assess the impact of the new baby upon family life and produce a care plan to reflect the needs of the mother and the family as a whole

Jan @ London

Jan 26 – 27, London Imperial College, South Kensington

May @ London

May 25 – 26, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Sep @ London

Sep 28 – 29, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Feb @ London

Feb 23 – 24, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Jun @ London

Jun 29 – 30, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Oct @ London

Oct 26 – 27, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Mar @ London

Mar 30 – 31, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Jul @ London

Jul 27 – 28, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Nov @ London

Nov 23 – 24, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Apr @ London

Apr 27 – 28, London Imperial College, South Kensington

Aug @ London

Aug 24 – 25, London Imperial College, South Kensington

What our NESTers say about us

I remember while training one of the things we talked about was the many different roles you experience as a maternity nurse and it is definitely something I've always remembered. You not only join a family at one of the happiest moments of their lives, sometimes it's the saddest, most challenging, frustrating, amazing, funniest, most wanted, highest and lowest times of their lives. Peoples strengths and weaknesses are tested and as a maternity nurse you are there every step of the way, sharing, caring and guiding as much as you can."

Amanda Gaynor

"Getting in contact with N E S T was like a breath of fresh air. After my first phone call with Liz, she knew exactly what kind of help I needed. She was very supportive and genuinely cared. Even after placing a maternity nurse with me she requested regular updates. I am so thankful that I was able to contact her and would recommend all 'mothers to be' to do the same." 

Natasha Lazari

“After finishing the NEST course in Postnatal Care / Non-medical Maternity Nursing I have used that amazing opportunity to get some work experience with newborn triplets. As a Night Maternity Nurse I was taking care of the three baby-girls from 11pm to 7am and so gave a chance to their parents to take a good night rest. It didn't take me long to feel confident when feeding, burping and changing such a tiny babies. I am glad for this “hands-on” opportunity. Big Thank You to Liz for matching me with this fantastic family." 


"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

"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 Atzoria

"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."

"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."

"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

"A belated 'thank you' for all the support and expertise from the training, 29th/30th June. An amazing two days shared with an expert, professional team. Just finished the coursework which although challenging, highly necessary for the standards which N.E.S.T insist you adhere to. Will be meeting with a retired P.N.C. in a few days in the hope of getting a placement in the near future."

Julia Matthews

"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."

"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."

Administration Office

Main correspondence office is at
6 Bredon Road, Tewkesbury, Gloucesteshire, GL205BZ.

Contact us for course enquiries
and bookings

Call: +447811862930 or email

Training Course Venue

Skempton Conference Centre
Imperial College of
Science & Technology
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
London SW7 2AZ

Tel: +447811862930

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