Working with children is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding jobs around, but it is hard work and requires specific skills. Do you have the skills required to be a nursery nurse? We think it’s the best job in the world and pride ourselves on our diverse and experienced team, here’s what we look for when we’re recruiting at Toad Hall.
This is not a job you can do without being passionate about childcare. You should enjoy coming to work each day and love what you do. Looking after young children is a pleasure and a privilege. Not only are you in charge of their day-to-day care, but you are responsible for their early education and development.
In a nursery you will be working with children with a mix of speech and communication skills – from young babies to pre-school age. You will also be in close contact with parents and carers, updating them regularly on how their child is progressing.
Strong communication is one of the key skills required to be a nursery nurse, and the ability to build a trusting relationship with both the child and parent/carer is essential.
3. A caring nature
Starting nursery can be a daunting time for some children. It may be the first time they have been left with anyone other than family. Having a warm and caring personality will instantly put worried children at ease. For parents, knowing they are leaving their child with someone who really cares is often their number one priority when choosing a nursery.
Being a nursery nurse is not a desk job! Get ready to be up on your feet, down on your knees and generally very active. Running around after young children who have more energy than you is hard work, but it’s also a lot of fun and will definitely keep you fit.
Young children require a lot of patience and understanding. At this early stage of their education, new skills are being learnt every day. You may encounter children with delayed development or learning difficulties.
Not only this, but you may have 20+ attention-seeking children in your class who all need you at once – it’s challenging to say the least!
Children hate to be bored and crave fun and exciting games. As part of your role as a nursery nurse you will need to have an active imagination and help the children engage in learning and play over the course of a full day. Creativity, spontaneity and a sense of humour will all help you get the best from your class.
Working in a nursery is not your average 9 to 5. Children require undivided attention, and they won’t give you many tea breaks! Meals, nappy changes, story time, play time… the list goes on. Be ready to work a full day once you walk in the door – but it’s all worth it to see your class having fun and developing.
Interested in working with us?
If you feel you have the attributes and skills required to be a nursery nurse and would fit in well at Toad Hall, have a look at why we’re a great place to work and don’t forget to check out our job opportunities.