What you Need to Work in a Nursery
Nurseries cater and care for children aged between 3 and 5 years. Nurseries offer early years education and childcare before children step into 'big school'.
Nurseries are often organised around whichever age they are catering for, with age groups typically being split into different rooms. Each room will have a lead staff member, with many supporting teaching staff balancing duties in various classes. Although it is expected that the staff team will usually remain with the same children in a particular age group.
Working in a nursery requires energy, patience and a sense of imagination at the most basic level. Getting a nursery teaching job is possible without any specific childcare requirements, though be advised that most educational settings will recognise that qualifications pay dividends in the long-term. More qualified teaching staff can offer a higher standard of children's learning, and so it is worth considering your options before you begin searching for a nursery role.
Always Flourishing is an experienced and forward-thinking nursery recruitment agency, having recruited a huge range of nursery staff across the Thames Valley and surrounding area. We recognise that working in nurseries is something many of our candidates search for, and our clients are often in high demand for nursery workers. Here is a guide to help you understand the profession a little better, and give you some valuable insight before searching for nursery vacancies.
How to Work in a Nursery
To become a nursery assistant, it's expected that you hold are comfortable in numeracy and literacy at some level. Having GCSEs in Maths and English (or the equivalent) is expected, and a good start. As far as becoming a nursery assistant goes, there are no set entry requirements for this, however, you may want to consider the following if you are getting into teaching at a nursery and growing your career.
Nursery job positions that require a higher level of responsibility in and outside the classroom, such as a nursery nurse, you'll need a recognised professional qualification. Such as:
- NCFE CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education
- BTEC National Diploma in Children's Care, Learning and Development
- NVQ Level 3 in Children's Care, Learning and Development
If you are looking for work in a nursery, one thing that employers will be looking for is experience of childcare, either paid or voluntary. You can get valuable experience working in a local nursery as a volunteer or at after-school clubs.
Working as a nursery assistant is possible while training on the job, but as specified you will need to demonstrate that you have some familiarity with working with young children. While studying for professional childcare qualifications, many aspiring nursery workers take part in apprenticeship training roles, meaning they can earn while they learn. This is quite a common route for nursery assistants who are working to apply for teaching positions with a higher degree of responsibility.
Key Skills to Work in a Nursery
As you will be working with children, there are some skills and qualities you should demonstrate as any type of nursery worker. Below are just a few examples of what employers will be looking for:
- Being patient, calm and understanding
- Demonstrating assertiveness where necessary
- The ability to listen effectively
- Excellent communication skills
- Sensitivity to every child's individual needs
- Good organisational and observational skills
- Willingness to work with parents, carers and teachers
- Awareness of safeguarding and child protection
- An interest in working with children
- Flexibility within the role
Nursery assistants without a childcare qualification are encouraged to study for an NVQ, diploma or certificate of equivalent value. As stated, if you work as a nursery nurse or assistant, you may be offered the chance to study further.
What Nursery Roles can I Apply for?
Always Flourishing recruits for the following positions:
- Nursery nurses
- Early years practitioners
- Early years teachers
- Montessori trained nursery teachers
- Deputy managers
- Room leaders
- Nursery managers
Why you Need a Nursery Recruitment Agency
We focus on providing nurseries and early years childcare institutions with a very high standard of childcare professionals. We offer nursery job opportunities all across the Thames Valley and Home Counties. We'd highly recommend using nursery recruitment agencies if you're set on growing your career in the education sector.
Our mission is to put staff and student wellbeing at the heart of our service. Registered candidates will receive complementary added value services, which include professional teaching development courses, interview technique guidance, coaching, career mentoring and teacher wellbeing services.
If you have any further questions, please contact us to see how we can help.