You could specialise in working with children with physical disabilities, learning difficulties or mental health problems.
Your working hours would usually include shifts covering early starts and late finishes to meet the needs of parents. Working in a nursery can be physically demanding and noisy.
The starting salary for junior or trainee nursery nurses can be between £10,000 and £12,000 a year, depending on age.
Qualified and experienced nursery nurses can earn between £14,000 and £18,000, depending on responsibilities.
Nursery managers can earn between £25,000 and £38,000.
Figures are intended as a guideline only.
You do not always need academic qualifications to start training as a nursery nurse. However, course providers and employers may prefer you to have a good general standard of education, possibly including three or four GCSEs (A-C) or similar qualifications.
Before you can begin working with children you will need Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) clearance.
Skills and Knowledge
a warm, caring and patient nature
good communication skills
a sense of responsibility
a consistent and fair approach
a sense of humour
an awareness of safety and hygiene
the ability to work in a team.
Vacancies are advertised in the national and local press, through specialist agencies' websites, and in publications and websites such as Nursery World and Children and Young People Now .
You could also choose to work as a nanny or maternity nanny. As an experienced nursery nurse you could progress to room leader/senior nursery nurse, nursery officer or manager.
You could also become a community nursery nurse, or complete further training to move into related areas of work, such as nursing, teaching or social work.