Nursery Nurse Jobs

1. How to become a Nursery Nurse? Nursery Nurse qualifications
2. Nursery Nurse Key Responsibilities
3. Nursery Nurse Salary
4. Nursery Nurse Career

1. How to become a Nursery Nurse? Nursery Nurse qualifications

To become a Nursery Nurse, you need to achieve at least a Level 3 in a recognised childcare qualification and having GCSEs in Maths and English at A* to C grades, are often preferred.

You can gain these qualifications through various methods:

  • 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

Studying a level 3 Child Care qualification will ensure you are equipped with:

  • Knowing how to support children’s early education and development
  • Understanding the importance of promoting health, safety, and welfare to children, team members, parents and guardians
  • Being able to carry out observations and assessments of the children and classroom environment
  • Being able to provide sufficient care, teaching, and learning
  • Preparing young children for the next stage in their education

Whilst studying, many starts as Nursery Assistants or take part in apprenticeship training roles, which means they can earn whilst they study. Additionally, you’ll need to have background checks carried out by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

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2. Nursery Nurse Key responsibilities | Job Description

As a nursery nurse, your main responsibilities will be:

  • spending time reading to children, telling stories or listening to them
  • assisting children in play
  • being on your feet all day, playing inside or outside or providing children with interesting arts and crafts work
  • helping with cooking, preparing and feeding meals and snacks
  • assisting with toilet training and changing nappies
  • helping teach children basic hygiene practices such as washing hands
  • washing and change children, ensuring that they are clean
  • providing comfort and reassurance if children are ill or upset.

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3. Nursery Nurse Salary

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  • The average Nursery nurse salary in London is £19,869. This is 5.9% more than the average national salary for Nursery nurse jobs. The average London Nursery nurse salary is 54% less than the average salary across London.
  • Average salaries for Nursery nurse jobs in London have gone down 1.7% year-on-year, compared to a change of 4.7% for all jobs in London and -9.9% for Nursery nurse jobs nationwide.
  • Nursery nurse vacancies in London have gone down 1.7% year-on-year. Currently, there are 1,380 London Nursery nurse jobs.

nursery nurse salary

SOURCE & STATS: Adzuna March 2019.
Salaries for nursery nurses vary with their job position as shown below;

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4. Nursery Nurse Career

Opportunities for Progression:

Whilst working as a nursery nurse it is possible to complete further qualifications including:-

  • CACHE Level 3 Certificate of Professional Development (CPD) in Work with Children and Young People
  • BTEC HNC/HND in subjects such as Advanced Practice in Work with Children and Families, or Early Childhood Studies
  • A degree or foundation degree in, for example, Early Years or Early Childhood Studies.

If management responsibilities have been undertaken whilst working as a nursery nurse, it is possible to complete the NVQ Level 4 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development or to do an Open University course like the Level 4 Certificate in Early Years Practice. The government has set a new aim to have all day care centers employing Early Years Professionals (EYPS) by 2010 which greatly increases career potential for people working in these places. There are four main routes of entry to work in such a position depending on previous experience and qualifications; see the Children’s Workforce Development Council for more details.

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