Working as a nursery nurse can be a fun and rewarding role. There are many places you can work as a nursery nurse, so the job can be quite varied. There is also the opportunity to move into more specialised areas, such as working with physically or mentally disabled children. Please read on for a full job description and what you will need to apply.
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Nursery Nurse Job Description:
You will be responsible for looking after children aged between 0 and 7 years
You will supervise the children and also be responsible for their physical, emotional, social and intellectual needs
You will begin to educate the child in terms of basic learning skills they will need
You will encourage them to develop socially
If you are working with very young children, you will be responsible for feeding, washing and changing them, and generally tending to their physical needs
You must adopt a safe and protective role to the child, and be aware of any potential dangers around them
You will need to plan and participate in activities to entertain and teach the child, eg. Music, painting, reading etc.
You will need to liaise with their parents and your surrounding team members, monitor progress, keep records and reports, and communicate any suggested improvements that can be made to help the childs development
Working Environment:Nursery nurse jobs are available in schools, hospitals, nurseries and day care centres, so can be quite varied. You may be expected to work long hours. You will obviously be working alongside the children most of your day, however you will need to liaise with parents and other nursery team members
What qualifications / training do I need to be a Nursery Nurse?
The best place to start is as a nursery assistant, and gain experience this way to aid you into Nursery Nurse position
Some employers may take you on as a trainee, where you can study/train alongside you job. However most employers will require a qualification
CACHE is the main qualification for working in childcare. To be a nursery nurse, you will need a Cache Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education or Cache NVQ Level 3 in Childrens Care, Learning and Development
What personal attributes do I need to be a Nursery Nurse?
Be responsible, patient and caring
Have an interest in child development
Good communication skills
Work well in a team
Ability to observe, assess and report child's behaviour
Enjoy working with kids
Have a sense of humour and be fun!
Typical starting salary of £9,000 to £11,500*, if you are still in training or do not have a lot of experience
If you are qualified Nursery Nurse you can earn between £14,000 and £17,000*
At management / supervisor / trainer level, salaries are up to £32,000*
* These figures are a guideline only
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