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Nursery nurses and assistants care for children from birth up to seven years of age in day or residential nurseries, children’s homes, maternity units and similar establishments.


  • Baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary
  • Supervises young children at mealtimes
  • Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children’s play
  • Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills
  • Writes reports on children’s development and maintains awareness of health and safety issues
  • Communicates with parents and colleagues on children’s development and well-being.

Entry Requirements

Entry is most common with GCSEs/S grades followed by the award of a certificate from the Council for Awards in Children’s Care and Education. An NVQ/SVQ in Child Care and Education or equivalent qualification at level 3 is required to work as a nursery nurse. CRB clearance is mandatory.

Current Vacancies

Nursery Nurse
- Traed Bach Cyf - 21 Jul 2018
Nursery Assistant
- Hays Specialist Recruitment - 21 Jul 2018
Nursery Nurse
- Hays Specialist Recruitment - 21 Jul 2018

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £13,000 per annum and can progress up to £20,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 26,840 employed Nursery Nurses & Assistants in the region.

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