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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.

Industry Insights

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £17,000 per annum and can progress up to £18,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 27,158 employed Nursery Nurses & Assistants in the region.

Current Vacancies

Nursery Nurses and Teaching Assistants Required

Teacheractive Limited
14 Aug 2019

CACHE Level 3 Nursery Nurse

Protocol Education
1 Aug 2019

Nursery Assistant

Right Call Resourcing
9 Aug 2019

Nursery Assistant

Right Call Resourcing
9 Aug 2019

Destinations of Early Years and Education Completers July 2018

51% of students went on to other Further Education at York College

11% of students went on to Higher Education

11% of students went on to employment

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