Nursery nurse or assistant

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.

Tasks

  • Communicates with parents and colleagues on children.
  • Writes reports on children.
  • Reads stories, organises counting games to help develop language and number skills.
  • Plans and organises games and other activities and supervises children.
  • Supervises young children at mealtimes.
  • Baths, dresses, prepares feed for and feeds babies, changes babies clothing whenever necessary.

Typical Education Level

Level 2 NVQ; GCSE at grades A*-C

Will retirement created job openings

In the UK, 7% in this profession are aged 55 or above.* They will likely retire in the next 10 years, creating a demand for new workers

*This is based on national data

£16,224

Average annual earnings

The current average wage for nursery nurse or assistant is £16,224

3,621 positions

Current Employment

The number of jobs in the career for the current year is 3,621. Job counts include both employed and self-employed persons, and do not distinguish between full- and part-time jobs.

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Job Postings

Over the past year, jobs have been posted for nursery nurse or assistant roles.

How well does it pay?

Normal pay for this occupation is £16,224 per year. That is about £1,352 per month or £8.32 per hour. New workers generally start on £13,936, while highly experienced workers can earn as much as £22,672

Is it growing or declining?

This career has remained the same over the last 2 years, and is expected to remain the same over the next 4 years. Currently, 3,621 people are employed in the region.

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