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Nursery Nurse

Nursery Nurses and Nursery Assistants work in a variety of settings including Preschools, Nurseries and School reception classes.

Nursery Nurses and Nursery Assistants ensure that the children under their care develop and learn in a safe and supportive environment. They assist in the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old.

Role and Responsibilities

  • Providing a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual support.
  • Deliver engaging activities suitable for the age range of the children present.
  • Regularly evaluate children's development & keeping records.
  • Ensure that the nursery rooms and all equipment are safe and clean.
  • Ensure that children are collected by dedicated individual known to the nursery.
  • Liaise with and support parents and other family members.
  • Follow standards as set out in the statutory framework.

Qualification Required

  • A good standard of education is required for both Nursery Nurse and Nursery Assistant positions. Most employers expect candidates to hold Maths and English GCSEs grade A-C, and one more of the following qualifications:
  • Nursery Assistants require at least one of the following
  • CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education
  • City & Guilds, CACHE or BTEC Certificate in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • NVQ Level 2 in Children's Care, Learning and Development
  • Nursery Nurses require at least one of the following
  • 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
  • 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 Early Years or Early Childhood Studies
  • A current paediatric first aid certificate and a current food hygiene certificate are also desirable

As a Nursery Assistant/Nursery Nurse you will need:

  • Experience working in an early years setting
  • Knowledge and understanding of the EYFS statutory framework
  • Knowledge in children's development and progression
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and safety in the workplace
  • Ability to prioritise workload, work under pressure and meet deadlines
  • Experience of record keeping, planning and report writing
  • Ability to communicate and engage effectively with children, families, carers, colleagues
  • Have empathy and understanding with children, colleagues and parents/carers

I just wanted to write this letter to say thank you for giving me the confidence and opportunity to go back into teaching. Having not activley taught for four years after taking maternity leave I wasn't sure if I would be confident enough to go back especially with the introdution of the new primary frameworks and interactive whiteboards. However,the schools you placed me with were really supportive and the encouragement you gave soon got my confidence back and after the first few assignments I felt like I had never been away. I have enjoyed all of my assignments.I really appreciated the time you took to listen about the age range I wanted to work with,that I only wanted to start by doing two days a week and that I did not want to travel too far from home. I would most definitely recommend working for Link Education not only because as employers I thought you were very professional and friendly,but also for schools looking to employ agency staff I think you would do the utmost to ensure you had the most suitable person available.

Link Education Teacher, Essex
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