£23,000 Starter - £32,000 Experienced
35 to 40 a week (early mornings on a rota)
Where to start
You can get into this job through
a university coursea college coursean apprenticeshipworking towards this role
You can do a foundation degree or degree in child development or a related subject, for example:
Some nurseries may prefer you to have early years teacher status (EYTS).
- early years education
- childhood studies
You'll usually need at least 1 A-Level, or equivalent, for a foundation degree. You'll need 2 to 3 A-Levels, or equivalent, for a degree.
You could start by doing a Level 3 Diploma for the Children and Young People's Workforce.
You can also do other childcare qualifications but they must be at least Level 3 if you want to become a manager. You'll usually need 4 or 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, for a Level 3 course.
You could complete a Level 3 early years practitioner apprenticeship.
Once you have experience as a nursery worker you could apply for a job as a deputy manager or manager. You'll usually need 5 GCSEs at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C), or equivalent, including English and maths.
Many people start as a nursery worker. With experience and further training, you can apply for supervisor jobs then move into nursery management. You'll usually need at least 2 years' work experience with children in a nursery to apply to become a manager.
What it takes
Skills and knowledge
- knowledge of teaching and the ability to design courses
- customer service skills
- the ability to accept criticism and work well under pressure
- leadership skills
- business management skills
- sensitivity and understanding
- patience and the ability to remain calm in stressful situations
- the ability to work on your own
- to be able to use a computer and the main software packages competently
Restrictions and Requirements
You'll need to pass enhanced background checks
What you’ll do
In your day-to-day tasks you could:
You’ll also have business responsibilities. You could:
- create a safe and stimulating environment
- to promote learning
- update parents and carers on children's progress
- work with colleagues to meet children’s needs
- check equipment is in good condition
- recruit staff and develop the nursery team
- manage a budget
- arrange marketing materials
- keep records and create management reports
- work within environmental, health and safety and fire regulations
- keep up to date with developments in early years care
- build relationships with parents, carers, schools and childcare professionals
- make sure the nursery meets Ofsted and early years foundation stage standards
You could work in a nursery.
Your working environment may be physically and emotionally demanding.
Career path and progression
With experience, you could become an area manager and look after the work of a number of nurseries. You might also think about setting up your own private nursery. Ofsted has information on how to do this.
You could become a trainer or training assessor for people studying for childcare qualifications. You could also move into nursery inspection.
Taking a higher education qualification in early years or child development could help you move into teaching, children's nursing or social work.