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NCT and University of Worcester Launch New Courses for Parenting Education

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Applications have opened for a new university-accredited Certificate of Higher Education for people wanting to support parents in the transition to parenthood.

The Certificate of Higher Education – Birth and Beyond Practitioner course is one of a number of courses being offered through a new partnership between NCT, the UK’s largest charity for parents, and the University of Worcester.

The new Certificate can be completed over one or two years. Qualifying students will be eligible to begin a year of probationary practice, delivering innovative Preparation for Birth and Beyond (PBB) courses based on the Department of Health’s new best practice antenatal framework.

Having completed the Certificate of Higher Education, students can then continue their training by choosing from a range of modules from the Foundation Degree course – whether they want to train as an antenatal teacher, breastfeeding counsellor, postnatal leader or NCT Doula, run Yoga for Pregnancy classes or take more specialised modules such as 'Understanding the neonatal unit experience'. The Honours Degree is an option for those wishing to become tutors and train other NCT practitioners.

Applications for the new courses are now open for courses beginning in September 2012. The new training creates exciting opportunities for anyone with an ambition to build a rewarding career, supporting parents at a unique and important time in their lives, to become an NCT practitioner.

The courses allow students to learn flexibly through a mixture of tutorials, one-to-one time with tutors, self-directed study and online learning. With tutorials run across the UK and study days hosted regionally, students can complete the majority of their studies without the need to travel to Worcester – making the courses ideal for women with families looking to return to study and work in an equally flexible career.

Clea Harmer, Education Manager at NCT, said: “We’re delighted to offer a range of new and exciting opportunities through NCT College. The probationary year of practice means that students can start earning an income as soon as possible, while ensuring they are well-supported and our high standards of teaching are maintained.

“Our partnership with the University of Worcester will ensure NCT College becomes a centre of excellence for training and research on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and parenthood, and will help NCT to reach more parents and parents-to-be through our courses.”

Professor Geoffrey Elliott, Director of Regional Engagement at the University of Worcester, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to work with NCT to help parents in their transition to parenthood and 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.