Nursery workers take care of young children in a child care setting. These individuals plan and organize activities for children that may include music, arts and crafts, competitions, and other activities that entertain and teach the children under their care. Nursery workers also help children learn counting, reading, and life skills by incorporating games and book reading into the children's daily activities. Additionally, these individuals feed, clean, and change babies and toddlers, as well as ensure children are completely safe at all times. Occasionally, nursery workers may take children outside and on off-site field trips.
These professionals generally work full time, and their hours may range from early in the morning until the evening. Weekend and holiday work may also be required. Generally, nursery workers work in a child care facility or related institution.
Nursery worker positions generally don't require any specific certifications, degrees, or training, but they may require some experience with working around children. However, some nursery workers have relevant education in fields such as learning and development and early education. A nursery worker must be creative, imaginative, patient, and able to work with children for long periods of time. They should work well with their facility's managers, as well as other workers.
Nursery Worker Tasks
Feel plants leaves to detect for discoloration, disease, and insects.
Harvest and pot plants, and label them appropriately.
Maintain grounds and landscaping.
Plant, weed, and water plants using gardening tools or hand tools.
Haul and spread topsoil and fertilizer.