TWO Herefordshire young women have recently completed a gruelling three year course at the internationally recognised Norland College and graduated with flying colours. Norland College trains some of the world's top nannies and the course comprises both theoretical and practical topics including attachments to the paediatric and maternity units of local hospitals, work in local nurseries and junior schools and a 12 months placement working within a family.

Lucy Amos, whose family farm at Whitchurch, Ross-on- Wye, attended Monmouth Comprehensive School, and is a member of Welsh Newton Young Farmers; her placement saw her working in Oxfordshire with two young children.

Alison Taylor, from Weston Beggard attended Wrekin College and her placement was in London with three youngsters to care for. Alison was awarded The Hollinsclough Cup as the individual that 'displayed the greatest ability in transferring theory into practice with willingness and enthusiasm'.

The graduation ceremony took place at Bath Abbey during May, where the girls were supported by their families and friends. Lucy is now looking to put her qualification to use and has already secured a position, whilst Alison is studying for a degree in Early Childhood Studies.