It takes a team to run a nursery. Within that team, different people with their own particular skills and abilities hold different responsibilities. At Toad Hall we employ all sorts of staff in a variety of jobs at different levels. If you’re considering working in a nursery, read on to discover which of these nursery job roles might suit you best.
This is a leadership role for an experienced early years worker. The nursery manager is responsible for running the nursery, with a range of duties that include everything from strategic planning to staff management. Although this is a job role that is largely managerial, there are usually still lots of opportunities to interact with the children and pitch in with day-to-day childcare tasks.
Nursery nurses are there every day at the coalface, working closely with the children in their care to ensure that their needs are met. From devising exciting activities to cleaning up after lunch, the role of a nursery nurse is busy and varied. These nursery job roles usually require either a NVQ Level 2 or Level 3 qualification in Childcare or a BTEC, although sometimes it’s possible to study for this on the job.
For a day-in-the-life account that gives an insight beyond the bullet-point nursery nurse job description, read an insider’s view of what it’s like to be a nursery nurse.
A room leader holds a senior role within the nursery, with ultimate responsibility for the running of their room. With an NVQ Level 3 in Childcare or similar, the room leader will oversee the staff working in their room, plan the curriculum and ensure that all regulations and guidelines are adhered to. They’ll work with the rest of the management team to ensure that the nursery offers high standards of childcare and they’ll build good relationships with parents, children and staff alike.
A nursery assistant role is a great way to get started working in a nursery. While you’ll probably have some experience of working with children, you don’t need any formal childcare qualifications. You’ll help out with all day-to-day duties and gain experience in a nursery environment. If you choose, you can then study for an NVQ Level 2 or 3 in Childcare, or branch out into another early years practitioner role.
Nurseries always require an organised and unflappable person to deal with the administration and paperwork. Co-ordinating waiting lists, dealing with fees and payments, keeping records and ensuring that staff are DBS checked are just some of the tasks that the nursery administrator may deal with in their role.
If you’re just leaving school and unsure which of these nursery job roles you’re best suited to, an apprenticeship might be the perfect way to find out. With no previous experience necessary, an apprentice can shadow different nursery staff to get a better understanding of their roles. At the same time as getting hands-on experience inside the nursery, an apprentice can study for a childcare qualification. It’s the perfect stepping stone to an early years career.