What Does a Nursery Nurse Do?Nursery nurses care for and nurture babies and young children up to 5 years old, making sure they are safe, well looked after and stimulated. They support their physical, intellectual, social and emotional development and help them learn, play and develop in a clean, well-organised and happy environment.
They plan and supervise a variety of fun and stimulating activities throughout the day, both indoors and outdoors. As well as introducing literacy and numeracy, these activities can include crafts, messy play, cooking and reading.
Duties also include:
- Nappy changing and supporting with toilet training
- Teaching basic hygiene and helping wash their hands
- Giving children meals, drinks and snacks
- Keeping records to inform parents and carers about their child’s day.
Nursery teaching jobs require the candidate to have plenty of energy, as well as the ability to understand and engage with young children, and make things fun. It’s fair to say this type of education job is no less demanding than any full-time or supply teaching job.
The main skills needed for a nursery nurse are:
- Creativity and imagination
- To be a good listener
- To be a good observer
- The ability to keep calm in challenging or stressful situations.
When working in a nursery, having a sense of fun is as important as being reliable, punctual, a good communicator and being well-organised. A good sense of humour is also a bonus. Nursery nurses often look after children from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds and with different abilities, so they need to be open-minded in their approach. Flexibility is also required, as children can be unpredictable and some activities do not always go as planned.
Nursery Nurse Teaching QualificationsTo apply for a job as a nursery nurse, you ideally need a valid childcare qualification at Level 2 or above. It is also possible, however, to successfully fill nursery vacancies without a qualification, as a Nursery Assistant. Nursery Assistants can train and work towards a qualification while on the job, much like how PGCE undergraduates and teaching assistants can take on-premise teacher training while studying.
A fully-qualified nursery nurse will either have a CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Childcare and Education, a BTEC National Diploma in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or an NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. The NVQ level 3 and the CACHE level 3 are equivalent to the NNEB (National Nursery Examination Board).
Transferable Nursery Nurse SkillsEven if you don’t have any work experience in a nursery or childcare setting, any experience in looking after children will help, such as babysitting or helping with younger children at home. Teaching experience, even with older children, will set you up in good stead for a job in a nursery, as you will have acquired good communication and listening skills.
With enough experience working with young children, you will be able to take these skills with you throughout your career. Whether this is in a day nursery, or whether you secure a part-time or term-time nursery job, these skills will stay with you.
Where Can I Find Nursery Job Vacancies?Nursery jobs can be found in independent nurseries, pre-schools, creches, family centres and hospitals. In these uncertain times you may be worried that finding a job won’t be easy, but since nurseries and childcare settings reopened in June, good childcare professionals continue to be needed. Likewise, managers of childcare settings may worry that it will be difficult to recruit high quality candidates, but Always Flourishing are experts in providing nurseries with the highest calibre of childcare professionals.
Search Open Nursery Job OpportunitiesAlways Flourishing is a Berkshire-based nursery recruitment agency that regularly lists nursery jobs across the whole of the Thames Valley, as well as in the Home Counties. We are always on the lookout for talented Nursery Nurses and Assistants, as well as Room Leaders, Supervisors and Managers.
If you’re interested in applying for nursery vacancies, register with us today, or contact us for more information.