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Nursery Assistant

Nursery assistants, also known as day-care or child care workers, work in preschools and day-care programs under the supervision of teachers and managers.

Key Role

A nursery assistant plays an important role in assisting in the care of young children. They plan and organise both fun and educational activities and take care of children’s personal needs. Nursery assistants, need to be punctual, reliable workers who are good at early starts. There are many ways you can become professionally involved in a child’s education. One such position is working as a nursery assistant. These individuals are responsible for working with babies and toddlers. Compassionate and patient, nursery assistants care for preschool-age children, attending to their daily needs and preparing them for kindergarten. They organize fun and educational activities, prepare snacks and meals, and monitor the children’s safety. They must be highly trustworthy and attentive to children’s needs. They may also bathe them and take care of their hygiene needs. A Nursery Assistant job can be found almost anywhere because there is always a need to take care of young children. Many educational institutions specialise in this field and individuals can study Teaching, Child Care, Social work, Education or subject specific teaching. There are courses to be taken in NVS, NNEB, CACHE, or SVQ.

Core Responsibilities

  • Stamina and a lot of energy
  • To be patient, tolerant and resilient
  • Flexibility, great communication skills
  • A sense of fun, creativity and imagination
  • To be understanding and able to give encouragement and resolve conflicts
  • An understanding of children’s physical, social, intellectual and emotional development
  • Supervise and Monitor Children
  • Keep and Update Records
  • Prepare Snacks and Meals
  • Maintain a Sanitary Environment
  • Leadership and Organisation
  • Professionalism and Teamwork
  • Knowledge Of Children’s Story and Nursery Rhymes
  • Initiative and Time Management

Education and Training

  • Non-qualified assistants would need to be supervised during their work with children.
  • It is possible to train on the job, working towards an NVQ Level 2 in early years care or an equivalent qualification.
  • Those who have attained Level 3 are permitted to work unsupervised.
    Candidates for the position are also required to have a valid DBS.
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