Nursing a position

29th April 2005 at 01:00
I am a nursery nurse (NNEB) running a small nursery within a school.

Officially, the early years co-ordinator oversees the running of the nursery, but she has little to do with it in practice. Do I have the right to the same planning and preparation time as teachers from this September?

The workload agreement was designed to deal with the problems faced by teachers. It is unlikely that you are covered by its provisions. So, no help there. However, I am perturbed about what you mean by "running" the nursery. Is it a nursery class within the school, or a free-standing nursery with its own budget but sharing the site with the school? Either way, it seems to me that you should not be in day-to-day charge. I know that schools sometimes try to bend the rules and nominate a teacher as responsible in theory but also require them to have their own class. You should talk to your union about the position as you may have been asked to take on work beyond your job description.

If you have a question for John Howson, please email

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today