Postnatal Care Level 4 Course

Caring for newborns; Supporting “new” mums

PNC Level 4 Course

Postnatal Care/non-medical Maternity Nursing, Level 4, 22 credits

While the academic requirements to achieve level 4 sound ‘dry’ in content, N E S T brings to life a very academic level of study by providing strong tutorship and a fresh approach. This is done via an interactive learning environment.

By adding depth to an already all encompassing role, we learn to differentiate between health care professionals, and when to use their skills to support those we work with. Understanding how much community provision is available in the area of postnatal care is key in diagnosing the extent to which we can take our own role. Knowing how not to fall into the trap of making prognosis if community care is challenging or inaccessible.

PNC Level 3 Course Topics

Course Intro

The Postnatal Care / non-medical maternity nurse Level 4 course is made up of 5 main modules: Postnatal Care, Sleep Training, Breastfeeding, Multiples, and Postnatal Depression.

Within this course we explore how to assess the common worries of parents, being able to extract that information properly and direct it appropriately using critical assessment.

We also explore the impact of the arrival of the newborn on a new mother and her family by conducting a thorough history, producing relevant research, charting it as data and using it to justify and produce individualised care plans are all part of professionalising and embracing a higher level of study and understanding of role in its entirety.

Level 4 is a higher level of study with stronger academic demands. By using critical assessment and conducting a thorough family history when producing and justifying individualised care plans, professionalises the role and demonstrates intent of such purpose.

The course is designed to lead to an employed or voluntary role in a non-medical setting and those with sufficient experience can begin working as independent practitioners in private practice, which N E S T is happy to advise upon.

Course Expectations

N E S T Level 4 students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of the underlying concepts and principles associated with newborn and new mother care, from pre-birth to weaning; evaluate and interpret information both visually and through study to enable sound and safe judgements made within this key area of care; evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems within the home environment, and communicate the results of study/work accurately and reliably, with structured and coherent argument.


The ‘Whole Role’ of the PNC


From hospital to home


Your role & responsibilities


newborn care


'New' Mum Care




Formula Feeding




Sleep & Routine


Special babies & mums




Newborn Illnesses


Potential Depression




PNC Guidelines


CPA Guidelines


Portfolio Management


Becoming Self-Employed


References & Agencies


Work Experience Programme

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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