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Signs a Career as a Nursery Worker is for You

Signs a Career as a Nursery Worker is for You

Signs a Career as a Nursery Worker is for You

A Nursery Worker is responsible for helping babies and children below 5 years old to develop and learn in a safe environment. Here are the signs you’d make a good Nursery Worker:


You have…


  • Compassion and emotional intelligence
  • patience and the ability to remain calm under pressure
  • the ability to work well with others
  • adaptibility and the ability to prioritise
  • excellent communication skills
  • customer service skills
  • basic computer literacy.


You want to…


  • plan and supervise activities like arts and crafts, music and cooking
  • help children to learn numeracy and language skills through games
  • take part in singing, role play and storytelling
  • take children on outings
  • feed and change babies
  • observe children and make notes to write reports
  • ensure children are safe and well
  • speak with parents, carers and other nursery staff.


You don’t mind…


  • Weekend work


Getting started


Most Nursery Worker positions require a Level 2 Certificate in Childcare; a Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care or a T Level in Education and Childcare. These qualifications can be awarded by a college. Entry requirements for college courses range from 2 to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4, depending on the course level.

An alternative route into childcare is an apprenticeship as an early years practitioner or educator. Entry requirements usually include up to 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 depending on the apprenticeship level.

Voluntary experience may also lead to paid employment and training on the job.


Search all childcare jobs on our vacancies page.


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