A nursery caregiver is an individual who is experienced and skilled in handling toddlers and infants in nurseries within churches – or even independent ones.
Typically, these individuals help parents by looking after their children while they attend church services or other events taking place at the church. In independent nurseries, children are handed over to caregivers for a more extended period, while parents run errands or finish work.
Working as a nursery caregiver requires a high school diploma or a GED at the very least. If you have had some formal training as a nursery caregiver, your candidature will be stronger.
Qualifications and Skills
An inherent love for children and the ability to handle adverse situations involving toddlers and infants are prerequisites for working in this role.
You will have to be emotionally stable and extremely patient if this is the work that you intend to take up.
In addition to this, you will need to be exceptionally hands-on with helping children handle their personal needs including washing, bottle-feeding, and changing diapers.
The ability to manage behavioral problems and ensure that children are kept in a clean and safe environment are also fundamentals of working as a nursery caregiver.
If you want to work as a nursery caregiver (and have the training for it), you might want to look at the following list of duties particular to the nursery caregiver position:
Nursery Caregiver Duties & Responsibilities
• Greet children and their parents as they arrive at the nursery in a positive and welcoming manner.
• Confer with parents to determine their children’s routines and specific likes and dislikes.
• Create records of children and parents, adding all important information such as contact data and medical conditions that children may have.
• Engage children in conversation to break the ice with them and to make them comfortable with the premises.
• Provide parents with information and heads up on activities that will be undertaken while their children are in nursery care.
• Engage children in fun and educational activities to ensure cognitive, social, and physical development.
• Create interesting games for children to keep them occupied until they are picked up by their parents or guardians.
• Provide children with assistance in handling personal needs such as toileting and washing, and changing diapers as required.
• Feed children according to the schedules that parents have outlined and record their intake.
• Ascertain that the nursery area is kept clean and sanitized according to the established standards and protocols for cleanliness.
• Remove any hazardous objects or materials from the nursery area before the beginning of the day to ensure complete child safety.
• Create, maintain and update nursery records on a regular basis, ensuring that information such as contact details and special instructions is kept confidential.