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What does a Nursery Nurse do?

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Nursery Nurse?

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 required.

Nursery nurses work in a variety of settings and conditions.

What does it take to become a Nursery Nurse?

To be a nursery nurse you need:

  • a warm, caring, patient nature
  • good communication skills
  • a sense of responsibility
  • to be consistent and fair
  • a sense of humour
  • to be physically fit
  • to have creative ideas
  • an awareness of safety and hygiene
  • to be able to work in a team.

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Further information

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DFES Children's Workforce: Qualifications

Children's Workforce Development Council
Albion Court
5 Albion Place

Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education (CACHE)
Beaufort House
Grosvenor Road
St Albans
Tel: 01727 818 616

Professional Association of Nursery Nurses (PANN)

National Day Nursery Association
Tel: 0870 774 4244

Scottish Childcare and Education Board
6 Kilnford Crescent
(SAE required)
Tel: 0294 470 380

Courses to help you become a Nursery Nurse