Nursery nurses work with children from birth to approximately seven
years of age. They work in a variety of settings, mainly in nurseries
which are run by Local Authorities or privately owned, and in
nursery, infant and specialist schools. Although nursery nurses work
mainly with healthy children, it is possible to specialise, for example,
in working with children who are physically disabled or have learning
difficulties or mentally health problems. Their duties cover all
aspects of physical care and safety.
They are also responsible for social and educational development. This involves planning and supervising activities including reading, arts and crafts, music and cooking. The nursery nurse is responsible for observing and monitoring children. They will work closely with parents and report any concerns.
Responsibility for the safety of the children is an important aspect of the work. Physical care such as feeding, changing, and bathing forms a large part of the work. They may also be required from time to time to make reports on a child’s development. This is a particularly popular career choice for those already trained in nursing who want a change of direction as it involves care and an awareness of hygiene.
Hours can vary and may involve early starts and late finishes. In some
areas of the work, for example, in residential homes, shift work will be
Nursery nurses work in a variety of settings and conditions.
To be a nursery nurse you need:
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