Nursery Nurse job description

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A nursery nurse is employed by nurseries, schools, hospitals and private homes to assist with the non-clinical care of young children and babies. Nursery nursing involves taking care of a child’s learning, play, education and social development, and so calls for highly dedicated and responsible individuals
Nursery nurses usually work in public nurseries, providing day care for babies and children of pre-school age while their parents are at work. Typical duties include supervising the children’s play, providing play-related activities, organizing the children’s meals and taking care of their personal needs. Those employed in neonatal units will usually work under a registered nurse and be responsible for feeding, changing and comforting newborn babies
The majority of nursery nurses are required to have a qualification in childcare – either an NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board) certificate or an NVQ Level 3. It is also necessary to have a CRB (Criminal Records Bureau) check or to provide an enhanced disclosure. Salaries range from £12,000 to £15,000.


Nursery nurses can be found in child care facilities or even hospitals. They take care of young children seeing to their daily, hygienic and even educational needs. Some may have specialisations, like working with disabled or children with learning disabilities. Those who are in junior positions can earn twice as much if they complete their certifications and advice to higher positions. They may be otherwise known as child development officers, early years workers, or childcare workers.
A Nursery Nurse usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Supervising child care activities
• Teaching children how to read and write
• Reading stories
• Bathing and changing infants
• Observing children behaviour
• Carrying children on outings and to the park


• Being able to communicate and listen to your children
• Being efficient, expressive and creative
• Being observant, loving and caring
• Being organised and practical
• Diversity and culture
• Enjoying children and playing with them
• Handling emergency situations
• Having a vivid imagination
• Teamwork and stress management
• Understanding child behaviour and care


Nurses must start out with basic high school qualifications like GCSEs; preferably with passes of A to C. Other apt qualifications include NVQ, BTEC, CACHE, HNC, HND, or City and Guilds. Employers will also require that you pass a background check. Having First Aid and CPR training is also advantageous. Many Nursery Nurses, start out in apprenticeship programmes working with senior professionals, until they are fully competent.
Areas of study that are relevant to this career include;
•    Child Care and Education
•    Children's Care, Learning and Development
•    Child psychology
•    Nursing
•    Teaching or Education

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