Staff qualified to work with children aged 0–7 in a variety of settings, mainly in day nurseries and in nursery, infant, and specialist schools. These duties cover all aspects of physical care and safety, and the nursery nurse is generally responsible for social and educational development. This involves planning for and supervising activities which they will observe. It has become more common to give nursery nurses the title ‘teaching assistant’ when they work within the maintained school sector. Qualifications (historically gained through the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) and the Council for Awards in Children's Care and Education) are at levels 2 and 3 of the National Qualifications Framework, at sub‐degree level.
http://www.bestbear.co.uk/childcarers/childcare_qualifications.htm A database of childcare qualifications and the range of training opportunities.
http://www.pat.org.uk/ Information on qualifications, practice, and staff development courses.