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Introducing Nursery School Jobs
Work involved in Nursery School Jobs
Nursery School Provision
Play School Provision
Why send your child to a Nursery School?
What to look for in a Nursery School, Play School, or Pre-School
Nursery Education Vouchers and Early Learning
Qualifications for Nursery School Jobs
Nursery nurses help qualified teachers in nursery, infant or primary classes. A nursery nurse can be the main teacher for a small group of children in a nursery school, pre-school or play shool, but not once a child reaches primary school age. They are employed by schools, playgroups, crèches, part/full day nurseries, family centres, hospitals, private nurseries and in private households as nannies.
Part of the work may be to liase with other professionals such as social workers and medical staff, especially if there are special needs children in the class/school.
There are various types of school available for children who are too young to attend main stream schooling. e.g. nursery schools, pre-schools, play schools, etc.
It is not beneficial to attach too much significance to the school's classification. All 3 types of school generally offer similar programmes of learning, play, social development, etc, as they are all subject to the same Ofsted rules and inspections.
Also you may find that there are no nursery schools, say, close by, but several play schools to choose from.
A nursery, also called a day nursery, will usually care for children from the age of six weeks up until the end of primary school in an established facility. The ages accepted will vary, often depending upon whether there is an established baby unit or if there is space to accept school age children, so be sure to enquire at each nursery you visit.
- Being a key carer.
- Feeding, washing and cleaning young children.
- Record keeping and monitoring development of all the children in the class.
- Helping children with educational, emotional and social development.
- Supporting special needs activities.
- Being a supporting role in the development of a class/school curriculum.
- Organising and executing fully planned lessons.
- Nurseries may be public or private, and may be run by the council, your local community, your employer or as a for-profit enterprise.
- Nursery hours are almost always business hours, therefore opening around 8 a.m. and closing around 7 p.m., and often closing throughout the Christmas period.
- Nurseries generally provide a variety of social activities built into the day.
- Nurseries generally accept children for either full or part time hours.
- Nurseries must be registered and inspected by the Office for Standards in Education, and most staff will have certification and training in childcare.
- Children over the age of 2 years 9 months will be eligible for Nursery Education Vouchers which can save parents up to £2,390 in fees.
As the name implies, a pre-school is an educational setting available for children not yet old enough to attend a full-time, main stream school. Many parents select this childcare option because it is a structured environment with lessons that will prepare their children for attending main stream school. Pre-schools do not usually accept children under the age of three or over the age of five.
- Pre-schools may be public or private, and many will have waiting lists.
- Fees for pre-schools vary.
- Pre-schools generally follow a prescribed national curriculum.
- Most pre-schools will accept no more than twenty students at a time.
- Pre-schools must be registered with the Office for Standards in Education.
- 50% of any pre-school staff must be qualified in childcare/early childhood education.
- Pre-schools usually run for two or three hours either in the morning or afternoon and require appointed adults to collect the students.
- Children will normally be eligible for Nursery Education Vouchers which can save parents up to £2,390 in fees.
As the name implies, a play school is a setting available for children not yet old enough to attend a full-time, main stream school. Many parents select this childcare option because it is a structured environment that will prepare their children for attending main stream school, as well as providing time for play. Play schools usually accept children over the age of 2 but under the age of five.
- Play schools may be public or private, and many will have waiting lists.
- Fees for play schools vary, but are generally kept low. Many are run as community outreaches and do not seek to make a profit.
- Play schools generally follow a prescribed national curriculum.
- Play schools can only accept as many children as they are registered for.
- Play schools must be registered with the Office for Standards in Education.
- Play schools usually run for two or three hours either in the morning or afternoon and require appointed adults to collect the children.
- The older children will be eligible for Nursery Education Vouchers which can save parents up to £2,390 in fees.
Research seems to indicate that the high percentage of learning that takes place in a child's first five years of life accelerates subsequent educational and social development. In recognition of this, the government has increased the availability of nursery and pre-school provision, much of this increase taking place within the private sector, sometimes in partnership with Local Education Authorities.
Once you have decided whether you would prefer to send your child to a nursery, play school or a pre-school, there are certain basic criteria you should judge during your visit. Remember, as you tour a nursery, play school, or pre-school you have every right to treat this as your chance to interview the staff and decide if the establishment meets your standards.
When choosing a nursery or pre-school, remember that you are looking for an establishment that nurtures healthy, happy children through a variety of activities. The nursery or pre-school you ultimately select will have a hand in teaching your child social, education and ethical lessons, so choose wisely and trust in your good judgement!
- Consider your welcome. Were you and your child made to feel welcome by the staff and other children?
- Are the other children busy with activities? Do they seem to be enjoying themselves?
- Are the premises clean, bright and suitable for the number of people inside?
- Are the facilities available appropriate for the number and type of activities being conducted?
- How do the staff interact with the children?
- Does the ratio of staff to children seem adequate? There are Ofsted rules governing the ratios!
- Were you given information on all of the staff's backgrounds and qualifications?
- Do the disciplinary methods used adhere to your own parenting philosophies?
- Are there any outdoor facilities, such as a playground, available?
- Does it seem as though all required healthy and safety practices are being followed?
- Will the establishment be able to cater to any medical, allergy or diet requirements your child might have?
- You should ask to see the latest Ofsted report on the school and be suspicious if you are told it is not available?
- Ask to see the welcome pack which should be given to new parents. You could also ask to see the schools Ofsted required policy documents. There should be one to cover every aspect of life in the school numbering 20 plus!
- Overall, do you feel impressed with the establishment? Remember, gut reactions are as important as anything else!
The Government's 'Sure Start' programme aims to give children a better start in life by preparing them for mainstream schooling at an early stage.
The Nursery Education Vouchers scheme is part of this programme.
Vouchers scheme further information
Government advice on Early Learning
In England, Wales and Northern Ireland the main qualification is the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) Diploma in Nursery Nursing (two years full-time, also available part-time), awarded by the Council for Awards in Children's Care & Education (CACHE). There is no minimum academic requirement for entry to the diploma course though most colleges will usually require at least three GCSEs at grade C or above.
CACHE has introduced several new qualifications in nursery nursing: a Certificate, an Advanced Diploma and, for those already working with children but with no qualifications, the National Vocational Qualification/Scottish Vocational Qualification (NVQ/SVQ).
Full list of awards (UK):
Advanced qualifications which permit unsupervised working:
- CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education
- City & Guilds Level 2 Progression Award in Early Years Care and Education
- BTEC Certificate in Early Years Care and Education
- BTEC First Diploma in Early Years
- NVQ Level 2 in Early Years Care and Education awarded by CACHE, BTEC, and City and Guilds
- CACHE Level 3 Diploma in Child Care and Education. Many colleges ask for GCSEs/S grades or the equivalent
- BTEC National Diploma in Early Years. You may need four GCSEs/S grades (A-C/1-3)
- NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education awarded by CACHE, Edexcel, and City & Guilds
- SVQ Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education or the HNC in Childcare and Education
We wish those looking for nursery nurse jobs, nursery managers and pre-school teachers, etc success in their bid to find suitable work.
We trust that our web site will help nursery schools, play schools and pre-schools find the staff they are looking for.