Nursery Nurse: Age-Appropriate Activities to Stimulate Children

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Unit 9
As a nursery nurse you need to contribute to a programme of age-appropriate activities designed to stimulate the children you are working with: • Keep an accurate record of achievement file on your key children • Be a pro-active team member, offering appropriate support to your colleagues • Liaise with and support parents and other family members • Attend ALL out of working hours activities, e.g. training, monthly staff meetings, parents’ evenings, summer fayre, Christmas party, etc. • Be flexible within working practices of the Nursery. Be prepared to help where needed, including domestic jobs within the Nursery, e.g. preparation of snack meals, cleaning equipment etc. • Work with the Manager and her team to ensure that the Nursery’s philosophy is reflected • Record accidents in the accident book. Make sure that parents read and sign the report. • Look at the Nursery as a ‘whole’, where your help is most needed and how you can most effectively meet the needs of the children in your care • Make sure that every child is collected by someone known to the Nursery • Respect the confidentiality of information received

• Develop your role within the team, especially your role as a key worker • Specified Child Care Tasks:
a. Prepare and complete activities that match the child’s stage of development b. Make sure that mealtimes are a time of pleasant social sharing c. Wash and change children as required
d. Provide comfort and warmth to an unhappy or sick child
• Help to make sure that the environment meets the needs of Nursery children, reflecting their cultures and religious backgrounds, and stages of development • Be aware of the high profile of the Nursery and to uphold its standards at all times. 1.2

In my role I am expected to support the staff, to be reliable and build a good relationship with the children, encouraging them to the best of their ability in their learning, to assist their growth in knowledge and assist in enhancing their development, so they can grow holistically. To be aware of any weak areas that I come across whilst working with the children, for example a child that may need extra support within their numeracy, literacy or phonics time. I am also expected to deal, to the best of my ability, with challenging aggressive, rude or traumatised children. Whilst I may need to do this at times I am also aware that the class teacher is there for support. I have had to deal with bad language used by a pupil when dealing with the child I explained that the words used where not words that should be used. I found out why the pupil had said those words and asked what words we could use instead. As well as working with my own class teacher I can be asked at times to go and support another teacher in another class. I am expected to adapt very quickly to the other class and to the lesson there having. My role also means that I will support the children so they are confident in their journey though the school. It is important that I conduct myself in the correct manner within the school as children will often mirror others actions. I remain professional at all times and act appropriately.

As part of our job role it is important to carry out reflective practice especially because we work with children/young people and our effectiveness will have an impact on them and their learning. Reflective practice means thinking about and evaluating what you do and discussing any changes which could be made. This means focusing on how we interact with colleagues, service users and the environment. It means thinking about how we could have done something differently, what we did well, what we could have done better. How we can improve what you have done. It also means reflecting our own values, beliefs and experiences which shape our thoughts and ideas. This will allow us to obtain a clearer picture of your own behaviour and a better understanding of our strengths and weaknesses- so that we can learn from our...
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