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.
- 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
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