Nursery workers also go by the name nursery nurses and they work with babies and young children from birth to up to 5 years of age. Their job is to ensure that the children in their care learn and develop in a supportive and safe environment. So if it’s your dream to work with young children and you want to help them to grow and develop and are committed to helping them get the best start in life then becoming a nursery worker could be the ideal choice for you as a career.
Nursery workers must have a warm and positive approach with lots of creative ideas to help the children in their care learn new skills. You will also be working as part of a team, so you must be able to work good with other people.
Formal qualifications are not always necessary to start training as a nursery worker although good GCSE’s will be of great help, especially GCSE’s in English and mathematics. You will also need to have background checks which are carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service, everyone must have these checks.
What do nursery workers do?
Nursery workers carry out many tasks including, planning and supervising activities which could include, arts and crafts, cooking and music. They also help children learn numeracy through activities including counting games. Nursery workers also read stories to the children and carry out different activities to help the children’s language skills. They take the children out on outings and feed and change the babies. They observe the children and take notes so that they can use them in their reports. Nursery workers work to Early Years Foundation Stage standards on child learning. Nursery workers must always make sure the children in their care are safe and are well at all times and if they have any concerns they must report them to the manager.
Duties may also include working as a key worker for one or more children where you will monitor their progress and also share your information to their parents or carers about how they are doing.
As you develop as a nursery worker you could also specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, mental health issues and learning difficulties.
As a nursery worker you can also work in local authority childcare settings and also in privately owned nurseries, children’s centres and also reception classes in primary schools.
What hours do nursery workers work?
A nursery worker could start work at 7am in the morning as many nurseries are open at this time and then close at 6pm in the evening. Nursery workers usually do an eight hour shift each day. Some nurseries are also open on Saturdays and part time work is available widely.
How much do nursery workers earn?
A junior or trainee nursery worker will earn £10,000 to £14,000 per year with these figures depending on your age. Qualified and experienced nursery workers can earn £15,000 to £22,000 per year, depending on what your responsibilities are.
What qualification do you need to become a nursery worker?
You don’t need any formal qualifications to begin training as a nursery worker but a good GCSE in maths and English could be of great help to you and course providers and employers will prefer you to have these. To become a qualified nursery worker you will require a recognised level 2 or 3 childcare qualification. If you want to be counted in the staff to children ratio then it is a legal requirement that they hold a “full and relevant” qualification, this will mean that their qualification meets the required standards.
“Full and relevant” qualifications include, Level 2 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce and Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
Once you become qualified as a nursery worker your manager could then support you further with your training through completing short childcare courses and workshops to develop you further in your professional development.
Higher education qualifications include, Level 4 qualifications, foundation degrees, degrees in early years, child development and childcare.
Well that’s it really, I hope this article has helped you learn more about nursery workers and all their duties. It’s a very worthwhile career for anyone who wants to help children learn and grow, so let me now wish you the very best of luck with your new and exciting career.
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