A junior or trainee nursery worker, commonly called a nursery nurse, earns between £10,000 to £14,000 annually in the United Kingdom, while more experienced nursery workers earn around £15,000 to £22,000. These nurses work with babies and children up to 5 years of age in different childcare environments.
A nursery nurse's job description usually entails teaching reading and basic math skills, supervising children's activities, and taking children on outings. They may also be asked to feed and change babies. Monitoring children's safety and well-being at all times, as well as reporting signs of abuse, are also part of a nursery worker's responsibilities.
A nursery nurse may work with one or more children in government childcare centers or private nurseries, usually in eight-hour shifts any time between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Part-time work on weekends is also available. A nursery worker may specialize in working with different kinds of children, such as those with mental, physical or learning issues.
To start a career as a nursery nurse and work with children, one must first pass strict background checks by the Disclosure and Barring Service. Academic qualifications are not required, although some employers may prefer candidates with GCSEs in English and mathematics. A qualified nursery nurse also has to undergo different levels of certification and training during employment in order for him to be counted as part of the staff-to-children ratio in a workplace.