A Nursery Assistant is also known as a “key person” and their main role is to ensure that every child’s individual needs are being met according to the EYFS standards. Nursery Assistants asses the level of learning and care offered to the children and are the first point of contact for the child’s parents. Nursery Assistants usually work under the supervision of an experienced and qualified Nursery Nurse.
Experience required for Nursery Assistant jobs
Varies from nursery to nursery however they will expect some level of experience however this could be either paid or voluntary and can include babysitting or working within your family.
£10,365 - £18,080
Qualifications required for Nursery Assistants
It is possible to work as a Nursery Assistant without any specific childcare qualifications as there are no set requirements. Nurseries will expect a good level of numeracy and literacy such as a minimum of GCSE grade “C” or an equivalent qualification. Some employers may ask for a childcare qualification such as
Higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)
Paediatric First Aid
Skills required for Nursery Assistants
Excellent communication skills that relates to co workers, parents and children
Health and Hygiene knowledge
Creativity with new educational activities
Energetic and enthusiastic
Motivational and observant
Ability to work well in a team
Duties and Responsibilities
Welcoming children and parents in the morning
Create and organise fun and educational activities which meet the educational requirements of the child
Clear away any mess made from activities
Organise snacks and assist the children in eating
Make sure hygiene levels are bing met such as making sure children wash their hands after indoor and outdoor activities as well as before they eat.
Make sure children go to the toilet
Observe children to understand their learning needs and complete relevant paper work and keep records
Work closely alongside the other staff in the Nursery
Nursery Assistants usually work from 7am to 6pm and could potentially work up to 40 hours per week.