Charlotte - Nursery Assistant

Who’s this?

Charlotte is a Nursery Assistant looking after children aged 0-5 years old within a day nursery whilst their parents are working, the nursery caters for NHS staff and the general public and is situated at the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT)

What’s the story of their career to date?

Charlotte left school and successfully completed a Level 2 diploma in Early Years Education and Care, before successfully gaining her first role as a nursery assistant where she gained a Level 3 diploma in Childcare. Charlotte applied for her current role and was successful in gaining a position as a nursery assistant hoping to progress to a nursery nurse position when one becomes available

What do they do?

As a nursery assistant, Charlotte works shifts between 7:30am and 6:00pm working with children that are between the age of two and three years old. During her working week she plans activities that are age appropriate for the children observing them during play. Activities can include using specific toys that children like, encouraging their development and interaction with the other children. Charlotte also supports the toilet training duties and has just compiled a toilet training notice board for parents to assist with the child’s toilet training needs with support from staff within the nursery. Charlotte completes a personal learning book for the children; this includes photos of the child during play and is available for parents to look at whenever they want to do so. Charlotte also supports the children during meal times, encouraging them to use a knife and fork and regularly feeds back to parents in regards to each child’s progression

What’s the best thing about their role?

Charlotte really enjoys the bond that she has with the children and also the parents, feeling proud that parents appreciate the care she gives to their children whilst in her care

Where are they going from here?

Charlotte has completed lots of training whilst working for the NHS, including safeguarding, first aid and Communication and Language for children, to enable her to support children with autism. In the future Charlotte has aspirations to become either a play specialist or to pursue a nursing apprenticeship as part of her future career journey

How does a role like this pay?

The role of Nursery Assistant normally starts at a Band 2 on the Agenda for Change Pay Scale.

The National Careers Service have a section for Nursery Assistant where you can find out information about the average pay for the role as well as information about the job and its responsibilities.

Where can I find out more?

This profile has been created by the Greater Manchester NHS Careers Engagement Hub in partnership with Manchester Universities NHS Foundation Trust (Central & Trafford Sites). If you have questions then feel free to contact us.

You can find out more about this role by visiting the Nursery Assistant section of the Health Careers website. The site gives information about the role and responsibilities, pay and conditions as well as any qualifications that are required and what the relevant courses or entry requirements are.