You can work as a nursery assistant and learn on the job. You’ll usually need GCSEs in maths and English to start. Experience of working with young children will also help.
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work well with others
- to be flexible and open to change
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- excellent verbal communication skills
- customer service skills
- thinking and reasoning skills
- to be able to carry out basic tasks on a computer or hand-held device
- planning and supervising activities like arts and crafts, music and cooking
- helping children to learn numeracy and language skills through games
- taking children on outings
- feeding and changing babies
- observing children and making notes to write reports
- making sure children are safe and well
As an experienced nursery worker you could specialise in working with children with learning difficulties, physical difficulties or mental health problems.
You could also take a level 3 early years educator qualification to progress to room leader, senior nursery worker or centre manager.
You could also study towards a higher education qualification in early years or child development. You could then move into management or early years teaching.