Train to become a postnatal practitioner and help new parents make sense of the amazing, but sometimes overwhelming, world they can find themselves in.

Postnatal teacher

Becoming a postnatal practitioner

Our Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond, in collaboration with the University of Worcester, is the only university-accredited qualification which allows you to become a postnatal practitioner.

Your training will prepare you to support every one of the parents you meet in the very best way for them. You will:

  • Use our evidence-based approach to work with parents, in small groups and 1-on-1, to build their confidence. You’ll be sharing accurate, impartial information so that they can decide what’s best for them and their family.
  • Be supporting both their emotional and physical wellbeing, and exploring intimate and wider relationship-wellbeing, as well as helping parents understand the world through their baby’s eyes.
  • Be prepared for your work to ripple through the months and years ahead of both parents and their children, as well as their wider families.
  • Support your clients to form a supportive group; many will remain friends for a long time after their course.
  • And because you’ll be self-employed you can choose what postnatal courses to deliver, working just locally or further afield. You'll also be supported by our hassle-free online booking and payment systems.

Once qualified you will hold the highly-respected NCT Licence-to-Practise. Plus, you’ll be insured by us and also receive on-going training and development to help keep your knowledge and skills up to date.

What will I earn?

Before you start your new life as an NCT postnatal practitioner we want you to be confident it’s the right choice for you – personally, professionally and financially. That's why, unlike some other support providers, we're happy to tell you up-front.

Along with the everlasting thanks of countless new parents, you’ll be paid on an hourly basis, varying according to where you work and the experience you build up.

  • Exactly how much you earn will depend on the size of the area you choose to work across, plus the length and number of courses you deliver.
  • For example, in 2016 the average number of postnatal courses and workshops that practitioners chose to deliver was 5.6, (average 4.2 hours long); although busier practitioners typically delivered around 25 each.
  • Dependent on experience, outside London the hourly rate for an NCT Postnatal practitioner is between £18.60 and £30.20 an hour. In London, the rate can be between £24.00 and £39.10 an hour.

What will I study?

You will need to be accepted into our Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond and have successfully completed the level 4 modules of the foundation degree course.

You can choose to undertake the postnatal modules at level 5 which will enable you to become an NCT antenatal teacher. They are:

  • New baby – new family part 2
  • Facilitating postnatal groups.

You can also choose other specialism pathways to complete your foundation degree and practise in those areas as well.

How to apply

For further information, including how to apply, see Foundation Degree Birth and Beyond.

Courses & workshops

NCT Antenatal course

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