Jeanette loves her work caring for babies in the special care unit. She accepted the post there even though it terrifed her and she is rightly proud of everything she has learnt and achieved. Exams used to scare her to bits but confidence in her academic abilities has grown over the years. She values a 'Live for the day' approach to life.
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The UK average salary is £28,758
There are 37.5 hours in the average working week
The UK workforce is 47% female and 53% male
DescriptionNursery 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.
QualificationsEntry 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.
- 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.