Featured Advice
What are your interests?

Administrative?

Administrative

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.

Occupation Details

logo imagelogo image

Nursery Nurse

Job Zone

Education
These occupations usually require a Leaving Certificate or equivalent.

Related Experience
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is usually needed. For example, jobs requiring you to deal with the public would benefit from previous experience working directly with the public.

Job Training
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.

Job Zone Examples
These occupations often involve using your knowledge and skills to help others. Examples include sheet metal workers, forest fire fighters, customer service representatives, physical therapist aides, retail salespersons and tellers.

€27k > 37
Nursery Nurse
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€27 - 37
Related Information:
Data Source(s):
HSE.ie

Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Return to List
Saves this course to your Career File if you are registered.

At a Glance... header image

Provides care and education for children up to eight years old, planning and supervising play and work activities to help the children to learn and develop.


Videos & Interviews header image

Follow the links below to watch videos related to this occupation:

Note: you will be leaving the CareersPortal Site


Go..Search YouTube for Nursery Nurse videos

The Work header image

Nursery nurses are responsible for supervising and helping children with activities like reading, number work, cooking and computer activities. They monitor and record each child's progress, fill out registers and write reports. Nursery nurses encourage the children's concentration, creativity, ability to solve problems, imagination, general sense of discovery, and many other skills and qualities.  
 
Their duties vary depending on the age and number of the children they care for. Nursery nurses who look after babies and very young children, for example, in private homes, are responsible for dressing, feeding and changing them, and comforting them when they are upset. Nursery nurses must pay strict attention to hygiene when they make up babies' bottles or prepare food.  
 
They work closely with parents, carers or guardians, and with other professionals like doctors, health visitors, speech therapists, social workers and child psychologists.


Tasks & Activitiesheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

bullet

Maintain a safe play environment.

bullet

Dress children and change diapers.

bullet

Observe and monitor children's play activities.

bullet

Communicate with children's parents or guardians about daily activities, behaviors, and related issues.

bullet

Sanitize toys and play equipment.

bullet

Keep records on individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, meals served, and medications administered.

bullet

Support children's emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts.

bullet

Identify signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and bring them to parents' or guardians' attention.

bullet

Assist in preparing food and serving meals and refreshments to children.

bullet

Instruct children in health and personal habits, such as eating, resting, and toilet habits.

Work Activities header image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

bullet

Assisting and Caring for Others: Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.

bullet

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

bullet

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

bullet

Performing General Physical Activities: Performing physical activities that require considerable use of your arms and legs and moving your whole body, such as climbing, lifting, balancing, walking, stooping, and handling of materials.

bullet

Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

bullet

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings: Monitoring and reviewing information from materials, events, or the environment, to detect or assess problems.

bullet

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

bullet

Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

bullet

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

bullet

Making Decisions and Solving Problems: Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.


Knowledge header image

The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

bullet

Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

bullet

Psychology: Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

bullet

Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

bullet

English Language: Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

bullet

Public Safety and Security: Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.


Skillsheader image

The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

bullet

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

bullet

Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

bullet

Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

bullet

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

bullet

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

bullet

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

bullet

Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

bullet

Judgment and Decision Making: Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

bullet

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

bullet

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Personal Qualitiesheader image

As a nursery nurse, you must enjoy working with children. You must be caring, understanding and able to give encouragement. A friendly, cheerful personality is helpful, along with a sense of fun, stamina and lots of energy.  
 
Knowledge of children's physical, intellectual and emotional development is very important. You must be able to plan and organise stimulating activities, including outdoor games and trips. Creative skills in art, music or dance are useful, and you must enjoy helping children to read. Some knowledge of computers is increasingly useful.  
 
Good communication skills are needed, not just to work with children, but to build friendly and open relationships with parents, carers or guardians.  
 
The work involves lifting, bending and other physical activity, so you must be physically fit and have lots of stamina  
 
Nursery nurses work without supervision, so you must be mature and able to use initiative.


Related Occupationsheader image

Contactsheader image

bullet

Organisation: Nursing Careers Centre
Address: An Bord Altranais, 18/20 Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin
Tel: (01) 639 8500
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Department of Children and Youth Affairs
Address: 43-49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4.
Tel: (01) 647 3000
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Irish Nurses & Midwives Organisation (INMO)
Address: The Whitworth Building, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7
Tel: (01) 664 0600
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: Early Childhood Ireland
Address: Hainault House, Belgard Square Tallaght Dublin 2
Tel: (01) 405 7100
Email: Click here
Url Click here

bullet

Organisation: City and County Childcare Committees - Contact List
Address: c/o Childminding Ireland
Tel:
Email: Click here
Url Click here

Search for Jobs


Career Guidance

This occupation is popular with people who have the following Career Interests...


...and for people who like working in the following Career Sectors:

Psychology & Social Care

Search for Related Courses from Qualifax - the National Learners Database

Go..


Higher Ed & CAO Course suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.
Courses found: 157
Healthcare Support
Advanced Health Studies Supervisory
Applied Psychology & Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies
Applied Social Studies in Social Care
Applied Social Studies with Counselling & Addiction Studies
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Beauty & Body Therapy
Beauty & Complementary Therapies
Beauty & Wellbeing Studies
Beauty Therapy Specialist
Care of the Person with Special Needs
Carers
Childcare and Education (Afterschool Care)
Community & Health Services
Community & Health Services
Community & Health Services
Community & Health Services
Community & Health Services
Community & Social Care
Community & Social Care
Community Care
Community Care
Community Care
Community Care
Community Care
Community Care
Community Care & Education Studies - Returning to Education
Community Care & Special Needs Assisting
Community Care - Social Studies
Community Health Services
Community Health Services
Community Health Services
Community Healthcare Assistant
Complementary Medicine
Complementary Medicine - Advanced
Counselling & Psychology - Introduction
Criminology & Social Studies
Disability & Healthcare Support
Disability and Care Support Worker
Early Childhood Care & Education
Early Childhood Care and Education
Emergency Care
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Assistant - Maternity, Paediatric, General & Older Person
Health Care Support
Health Care Support
Health Sector Studies
Health Service Skills
Health Service Skills
Health Service Skills
Health Service Skills
Health Service Skills
Health Service Skills (Physiotherapy Assistant)
Health Service Skills - Emergency Care
Health Service Support with EMT
Health Services Skills
Health Services Skills
Health Services Skills
Health Services Skills
Healthcare
Healthcare - Assistant
Healthcare and Community Care
Healthcare Assistance
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant - Afternoon
Healthcare Assistant - Support
Healthcare Service Skills/Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support - Care of the Elderly
Healthcare Support - Caring for the Elderly
Healthcare Support - East Limerick Campus
Healthcare Support - Pre-Paramedic
Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly
Healthcare Support / Nursing Studies
Healthcare Support with Care of the Older Person
Healthcare with Dementia Awareness
Holistic & Physical Therapies
Holistic & Wellbeing Studies
Holistic Health
Holistic Health Studies
Holistic Therapies
Holistic, Wellbeing and Nutrition
Life Skills with Computers
Nursing Studies
Physiotherapy Assistant
Pre-Paramedic Skills
Pre-University Health and Social Studies
Psychology & Social Studies
Psychology & Social Studies - Applied
Psychology & Social Studies - Applied
Psychology - Applied
Psychology - Applied
Psychology with Special Needs Assisting
Social & Community Care
Social and Community Care
Social Care
Social Care
Social Care with Introduction to Youthwork
Social Science
Social Studies
Social Studies
Social Studies
Social Studies & Community Care
Social Studies & Community Care
Social Studies & Psychology- Applied
Social Studies - Access to
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies - Applied - Mature Students
Social Studies - Applied - Young Adults
Social Studies - Community & Health Services
Social Studies / Community Health Services
Special Needs Assistant
Tacaíocht Cúram Sláinte
Youth Work
Youth Work and Addiction Studies
Youth Work and Addiction Studies


Further Ed & PLC Course Suggestions
If you are interested in this occupation, then the following courses may also be of interest. Note that these course suggestions are not intended to indicate that they lead directly to this occupation, only that they are related in some way and may be worth exploring.

Courses found: 166


Applied Social Studies in Social Care
Social Studies
Health Services Skills
Community Care - Social Studies
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Holistic & Physical Therapies
Holistic Therapies
Healthcare Assistant
Community & Health Services
Social Care
Complementary Medicine
Social Studies
Healthcare Support with Care of the Older Person
Social Studies - Applied
Psychology & Social Studies - Applied
Health Care Assistant
Social Studies & Community Care
Holistic & Wellbeing Studies
Community Care
Community & Health Services
Holistic Health Studies
Social Studies - Applied
Social Studies & Community Care
Counselling & Psychology - Introduction
Applied Social Studies
Carers
Healthcare Assistance
Social Studies
Healthcare Support
Social Studies & Psychology- Applied
Healthcare Support
Health Service Skills
Social Studies - Applied
Healthcare Assistant - Support
Community & Health Services
Health Service Skills
Community & Social Care
Community Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Support
Healthcare - Assistant
Early Childhood Care and Education
Healthcare and Community Care
Disability and Care Support Worker
Community Health Services
Community & Health Services
Healthcare Assistant
Community Care & Education Studies - Returning to Education
Healthcare Support
Social Studies - Applied
Healthcare Support - Care of the Older Person - Home Help or Hospital Assistant
Healthcare Support
Social Studies / Community Health Services
Applied Social Studies
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Assistant
Healthcare Support - Caring for the Elderly
Health Services Skills
Psychology & Social Studies
Social Studies - Access to
Health Sector Studies
Care of the Person with Special Needs
Psychology - Applied
Community & Health Services
Disability & Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Criminology & Social Studies
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Social Studies - Applied
Healthcare Support
Applied Social Studies
Tacaíocht Cúram Sláinte
Community Care
Social Studies - Applied - Mature Students
Social Studies - Applied - Young Adults
Applied Social Studies with Counselling & Addiction Studies
Community Care
Social Studies - Applied
Healthcare Support
Community Care
Healthcare Assistant - Afternoon
Psychology - Applied
Health Service Skills
Healthcare Support - Pre-Paramedic
Health Care Support
Life Skills with Computers
Health Care Assistant - Maternity, Paediatric, General & Older Person
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Social Studies - Applied
Health Service Skills - Emergency Care
Complementary Medicine - Advanced
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support - Care of the Elderly
Psychology & Social Studies - Applied
Community Care
Social Studies - Applied
Applied Psychology & Social Studies
Social Care Support Worker
Healthcare Support / Caring for the Elderly
Applied Social Studies
Social Studies - Community & Health Services
Community Health Services
Community & Social Care
Health Care Assistant
Health Care Support
Health Care Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Social Studies - Applied
Community Health Services
Healthcare Support
Social Studies - Applied
Social Care with Introduction to Youthwork
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support / Nursing Studies
Healthcare Support - East Limerick Campus
Holistic, Wellbeing and Nutrition
Applied Social Studies with Psychology
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Support
Social and Community Care
Health Service Skills (Physiotherapy Assistant)
Health Service Skills
Applied Social Studies
Health Service Skills
Healthcare Support
Community Healthcare
Healthcare Support
Healthcare Assistant
Holistic Health
Healthcare Service Skills/Support
Social Care
Health Services Skills
Health Service Skills
Social & Community Care
Youth Work
Early Childhood Care & Education
Childcare and Education (Afterschool Care)
Healthcare
Advanced Health Studies Supervisory
Applied Social Studies
Community Care
Social & Community Care
Health Services Skills
Physiotherapy Assistant
Healthcare Support
Special Needs Assistant
Nursing Studies
Applied Social Studies
Community Care & Special Needs Assisting
Social Science
Pre-University Health and Social Studies
Healthcare with Dementia Awareness
Healthcare Support
Beauty Therapy Specialist
Pre-Paramedic Skills
Health Service Support with EMT
Youth Work and Addiction Studies
Youth Work and Addiction Studies