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Nursery Nurse Profile


This Section of the site details information that you might find useful if you are looking to secure employment or require further details regarding working as a Nursery Nurse. This page details the following Information:-

  • Finding Suitable Work as a Nursery Nurse
  • Working Duties Expected
  • Hours and Environment
  • Working Skills Required
  • Training Requirements
  • Salary Expectations
  • Trade Information
  • Other useful Nursery Nurse Work Information

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Working Duties Expected

Nursery nurses work with children from birth to approximately seven years of age. They work in a variety of settings, mainly in nurseries which are run by Local Authorities or privately owned, and in nursery, infant and specialist schools. Although nursery nurses work mainly with healthy children, it is possible to specialise, for example, in working with physically or mentally disadvantaged children. Their duties cover all aspects of physical care and safety.

They are also responsible for social and educational development. This involves planning and supervising activities including reading, art and craft, music and cooking. The nursery nurse is responsible for observing and monitoring children. They will work closely with parents and report any concerns.

Responsibility for the safety of the children is an important aspect of the work. Physical care such as feeding, changing, bathing forms a large part of the work. They may also be required from time to time to make reports on a child's development.

Hours and Environment

Hours can vary and may involve early starts and late finishes. In some areas of the work, for example in residential homes, shift work will be required.
Nursery nurses work in a variety of settings and conditions.

Skills and Interests

To be a nursery nurse you need:

  • a warm, caring, patient nature
  • good communication skills
  • a sense of responsibility
  • to be consistent and fair
  • a sense of humour
  • to be physically fit
  • to have creative ideas
  • an awareness of safety and hygiene
  • to be able to work in a team.


Academic qualifications are not always necessary, but it is useful to have three GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3) or equivalent. There are no upper age limits for entry into nursery nursing.

England, Wales and Northern Ireland
The following qualifications are relevant to nursery nursing:

CACHE Level 2 Certificate/Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education, both available full- or part-time; the level 2 certificate will qualify people to work under supervision
City & Guilds Level 2 Progression Award in Early Years Care and Education, similar to the CACHE level 2 certificate, this allows the holder to work under supervision
BTEC National Diploma in Early Years - available full- or part-time and providing a route into nursery nursing or childcare work, and also into professional training for nursing, teaching or social work
NVQ in Early Years Care and Education at levels 2 to 4 - based on the assessment of students already employed in the sector. Level 4 qualifications are intended for those involved in managerial posts.
Study areas in all the above courses include: working with young children; the developing child; health and community; play; curriculum and early learning; working with babies; services and protection of children and working with parents. Supervised practical training forms an important part of all courses.
In Scotland, the usual requirement for working as a nursery nurse is the Scottish Child Care and Education Board's Certificate of Registration. Registration is possible on completion of either a one-year programme of SQA national certificate units plus the one year HNC in Child Care and Education, or a programme of SVQ level 3 units in Early years and Education. Combinations of the two routes are possible.

It is possible to achieve the lower grade of Preliminary Registration, usually through approved programmes of units taken from either the SQA national certificate or SVQ Early Years Care and Education Level 2.

From August 2003, most entrants to nursery nursing in Scotland will begin with a full-time Scottish Group Award Early Years Care and Education (Higher). They may follow this with a one-year full-time HNC in Child Care and Education. In August 2004 this is likely to be followed by a new HNC in Early Years Care and Education. Courses will combine theory and practice and include practical placements in child care establishments.

Some centres offer full-time courses leading to SVQ Early Years Care and Education at levels 2 and 3. Courses usually last two years.


Foundation and Advanced Modern Apprenticeships (MAPPs) may be available for people aged 16-24.
For details see: MAPPs (England); Skillseekers MAPPs (Scotland); National Traineeships MAPPs (Wales); and MAPPs (Northern Ireland).


Demand for qualified nursery nurses is high in both private and Local Authority nurseries. There are also opportunities for working abroad. Vacancies are advertised in The Lady and Nursery World.

Annual Income

Figures are intended as a guideline only.

Nursery nurses normally start at £7,500 to £10,400 a year.
Experienced full-time nursery nurses can earn £8,200 to £13,000 a year.
Those employed in senior posts such as nursery management can earn £15,000 to £20,000 a year.

Further information

Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education (CACHE)
8 Chequer Street
St Albans
Tel: 01727 847636
(A4 SAE required)

National Training Organisation for Early Years *
Pilgrims Lodge
Holywell Hill
St Albans
Tel: 01727 738300

Professional Association of Nursery Nurses
2 St James Court
Friar Gate
Tel: 01332 372337

Scottish Childcare and Education Board
6 Kilnford Crescent
(SAE required)

National Training Organisations (NTOs) ceased to be recognised by the government on 31 March 2002. However, some are continuing to operate in their respective fields. Please contact individual NTOs with queries regarding their current status.

The Secretary of State for Education and Skills is licensing new Sector Skills Councils - charged with boosting skills and productivity in business sectors. For information about Sector Skills Councils, their roles and responsibilities, please visit the Sector Skills Development Agency website:

Other Useful Nursery Nurse Work Information

We have a section available at this site on Nursery Nurse job interview tips that you may find of interest should you wish to brush up your skills in this area and we also have number of career articles that may also be of use to you from within our guides and documents section.

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