Meet Chloe Fidler – Preston’s very own Mary Poppins!Advertisement
Chloe, 22, has fought off international competition to win a place at the prestigious Norland College in Bath.
From a young age, Chloe aspired to train at the top college, which has a worldwide reputation for providing nannies to the rich and famous.
Easily identifiable by their ‘Mary Poppins’ style uniform, the nannies often work for Royals and celebrities, with Prince Charles famously having had a Norland nanny.
Chloe, who lives in Woodplumpton, says: “I’ve always wanted to work in childcare and am determined to reach the very top of the profession so there was only Norland for me.
“It’s got a brilliant reputation and has been training nannies for 125 years.”
Chloe first heard of Norland College when her mum noticed her interest in looking after children and told her about its reputation.
Since then the former Preston’s College and Kirkham Grammar School student has worked to achieve her dream of securing a place among the most sought after nannies in the world.
For the last two years she has been working at a residential home for children with autism in Ribbleton, whilst studying an access to Higher Education: Children and Young People’s Services course at Preston’s College.
She said: “I wouldn’t have got there without the help of my tutors. In 2017 I was diagnosed with dyslexia and although I’d always struggled academically, I was determined it wouldn’t get in the way of my career.
“I got lots of extra help and support from the College and passed my exams.
“It was a very proud day when I was measured for my uniform.”
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To secure her place, Chloe had to deliver a presentation, take part in a two and a half hour interview and meet the minimum entry requirements.
Mick Noblett, vice principal Curriculum, Delivery and Planning, at Preston’s College said: “Congratulations to Chloe, it’s a remarkable achievement for her to win a place at Norland.
“It’s testament that her hard work, the support of the tutors and wider support team has paid off.
“We look forward to celebrating her graduation in a few years, and hopefully welcoming her back to inspire the next generation of childcare superstars at Preston’s College.