Nursery nurses and assistants


Average Annual Pay

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Average Weekly Hours

Annual Survey of Hours and Earning 2018


Unemployment Rate

Labour Force Survey 2018

Future employment projections (Working Futures UK)


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.


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.

Typical 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.

Common job titles

Supervisor, crèche
Nurse, childcare
Worker, years, early
Manager, playgroup
Nurse, nursery
Teacher, kindergarten
Officer, nursery
Practitioner, school, nursery
Practitioner, childcare
Helper, pre-school
Teacher, nursery
Attendant, nursery
Assistant, general (children’s nursery)
Governess, nursery
Worker, support, years, early
Manager, group, play
Practitioner, care, child
Worker, crèche
Teacher, pre-school
Assistant, nursery
Supervisor (children's nursery)
Supervisor, nursery
Helper, nursery
Helper, crèche
Practitioner, nursery
Worker, nursery (day nursery)
Leader, crèche
Educator, years, early
Assistant, years, early
Attendant, crèche
Warden (day nursery)
Worker, support, nursery
Practitioner, nurse, nursery
Practitioner, pre-school
Assistant, care, child (children's nursery)
Assistant, pre-school
Assistant, crèche
Supervisor, pre-school
Assistant, kindergarten
Practitioner, years, early

Education background

Destination of Leavers survey, supplied by the Higher Education Statistics.