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New careers for mums with NCT

by Anna-Belle Woollcott ,
New careers for mums with NCT

The NCT and the University of Worcester are offering university-accredited training for mums who'd like to become an NCT practioner.

If you’re thinking about returning to study or work after starting a family, maybe you want a change of career or you're looking for a rewarding job you can fit around your family commitments. Becoming an NCT practitioner could be just what you need.

As an NCT practioner you'd support parents on their journey from pregnancy to parenthood through antenatal courses, breastfeeding counselling and facilitated postnatal groups and the course would teach you all the skills you'll need.

NCT College admissions are open for courses beginning in September 2012.

The courses is based on tutorials, one-to-one time with tutors and online learning.

Tutorials are available across the UK and study days are hosted regionally. Students can complete the majority of their studies without the need to travel to Worcester.

One NCT antenatal teacher, Fiona, said: "For me, my NCT work fits around the needs of my teenage boys.

"The training is very comprehensive, diverse and interesting and of a very high standard. I also love getting together with other practitioners and sharing ideas. I have a job I can do around my family and earn a decent hourly wage."

The new Certificate of Higher Education - Birth and Beyond Practitioner, completed over one or two years, is the only university-accredited qualification for parenting education.

Qualifying students can then begin a year of probationary practice, delivering innovative Preparation for Birth and Beyond (PBB) courses based on the Department of Health’s new framework. So, you can start earning an income from your new knowledge and skills right away.

After the initial Foundation Degree, students can train as...

  • an antenantal teacher
  • a breastfeeding counsellor
  • a postnatal leader
  • an NCT doula
  • or even an NCT Yoga for Pregnancy practioner

Clea Harmer, Education Manager at NCT, said: "The varied training programme allows students to specialise in a wide range of areas, while the flexibility means they can fit their learning around families and potentially be earning an income after one year."

Professor Geoffrey Elliott Director of Regional Engagement at the University of Worcester at the University of Worcester, said: “[We] will do all we can to help the country’s parents and children get off to the best possible start.”

If you are interested in finding out more about our training or a career working with new parents, visit http://www.nct.org.uk/nct-college for more information about the full range of courses on offer.

Anna-Belle Woollcott
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