Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! Manny Poppins is Happening!

Mary Poppins
Your eyes do not receive you. Mary Poppins is a man now, kids.

The best nannies don’t float down from the clouds holding nothing but a black umbrella and carpet bag.

They attend Norland College in Bath, England, which is the most renown nanny school in the world. And now for the first time ever, a man has been admitted to complete the school’s education degree course, according to Jezebel (via the Telegraph).

Michael Kenny will hereafter be known as Michael Manny. Or Nanny Michael. Or Nanny Manny. (Take your pick.)

Peter Cummins was actually the first ever to graduate from Norland with a diploma, but Kenny will be the first fully matriculated man in the program, and he’ll be joined by 47 women on stage when he flies walks across to receive his degree at graduation.

He told the Telegraph: “I wanted to work with children because I can understand young people a lot better. I find them a lot easier to get on with. I think I would like to be a nanny for a few years, because it is the whole reason you go through the training. But then after that I would like to do a PGCE and become a nursery teacher or work in a prep school.”

He’s had to endure some teasing from friends about his future profession, and he wasn’t even 100 percent sure men were accepted at Norland until he called to ask. Thankfully he won’t have to wear the classic cream dress and brown hat that his 40+ classmates are required to wear. A tweed jacket, cream shirt, matching tie and beige trousers will be his uniform. Carpet bag and umbrella optional.

Graduates of Norland are guaranteed jobs since the a degree from there is held in such high regard and there are always more jobs than graduates, accrdong to the school.

No words from Las Vegas on what the odds are that these will be the first words spoken to Kenny when he’s hired into a family after graduating: “Let’s go fly a kite!”

Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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