Services for Young Children

Sample job description for a nursery nurse

Job title: nursery nurse

Reporting relationships: reporting directly to the nursery manager. Will be responsible for the functional management of up to two nursery assistants.

Purpose of job:

  • to provide a high standard of physical, emotional, social and intellectual care for children placed in the nursery

  • to give support to other staff in the nursery

  • to implement the daily routine within the nursery

Main duties and tasks:

  • plan and implement a programme of activities suitable to the age range of children in your area, in conjunction with other staff

  • regularly evaluate the children’s development and keep a record on your key children for parents

  • work with parents of children with special needs to give full integration in the nursery

  • support all staff to maintain a good team working relationship

  • liaise with and support parents and other family members

  • work alongside the manager and staff team to ensure that the philosophy behind the nursery is fulfilled

  • ensure that children are collected by someone known to the nursery

  • to develop your role within the team, especially with regard to your work as a keyworker

  • to prepare and complete activities to suit the child’s stage of development

  • washing and changing children as required

  • providing comfort to poorly a child

  • to provide support and direction to nursery assistants under your supervision

  • to be flexible with the working practices of the nursery. Be prepared to help when other areas of the nursery may be short staffed or with domestic duties, or other duties as specified by the nursery manager

Practical requirements:

  • shift work of 8 hours per day between 8am-6pm

  • to be involved in occasional out of working hours activities as appropriate and as directed by the manager