£11,440 Average salary at age 20
£19,240 Average Salary
31 Average hours per week


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.

Main Tasks

  • 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 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.

What Nursery nurses and assistants studied in higher education

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What Nursery nurses and assistants studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(L4) Social policy2
(L3) Sociology6
(C8) Psychology4
(W1) Fine art1
(X9) Others in education1
(Q3) English studies1
(B7) Nursing2
(W4) Drama1
(X3) Academic studies in education49
(L5) Social work18
(X1) Training teachers6
(C6) Sport & exercise science1
(W5) Dance1

UK Prospects

204200 Workforce Size
5.40% Predicted growth 2024 - 2027
26896 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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