This study investigated factors relevant to the risk of work-related musculoskeletal disorders among nursery staff employed by a local education authority. The aims of the study were to assess the WMSD risk factors present and level of reported prevalence of pain and discomfort, to find what determined exposure for individuals, and to identify feasible generic solutions. This included studies of three representative workplaces, a questionnaire survey of nursery staff and postural analysis of selected nursery activities. A high prevalence of reported back and neck trouble was found. Recommendations to reduce risk included improvements to work heights and seating, greater consideration of the organization of nursery activities, provision of sufficient space for activities and for storage of equipment, and reduction in manual handling. Keywords: musculoskeletal disorder, nursery, education, posture, workplace.