Nursery nurses provide care and education for children from birth up to eight years old. They are responsible for planning and supervising play and work activities that help young children learn and develop. They work in nursery, play groups, special schools, hospitals and anywhere else in a childcare setting. They are also specialized to work with children that have learning difficulties, physical disabilities, or mental health problems.
What does it take to become a nursery nurse?
A nursery nurse should be
Warm and caring
Good at communication
Able to work in team
Aware of safety and hygiene
The work of a nursery nurse includes:
A nursery nurse should create a child-friendly environment to make sure that the children under their care are happy and safe. They are responsible for the social and educational development of the children. This involves planning and supervising activities that encourage children’s development such as reading, arts and crafts, music, cooking, counting games, singing, etc. They should also keep records of children’s progress and report any concern to the parents on frequent basis.
Physical care and hygiene of children is also an important aspect of the work. Feeding, changing, and bathing makes up a large part of the job. A nursery nurse should also be well trained in Paediatric First Aid to safeguard and promote health and safety of the children.
Qualifications of a nursery nurse:
Nursery Nurses should have a qualification in child care covering the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework which was initiated by the Department of Education in 2014 and is a requirement of Ofsted.
A Nursery Nurse should also learn through their course the stages of education and development for children in their early years
The timings for a nursery nurse can vary but the work shift usually starts early to accommodate parents who have work. Late finishes are also common – again in accordance with working parents. Many nurseries also ask for shift work where some workers come early to set up for the day.
If you would like to become a Nursery Nurse our Early Years Care and Education Course covering the Early Years Foundation stage framework could be an excellent starting point for your career.