Early years expansion

Increased childcare hours brings wide-spread changes for early years workers and hundreds of new jobs… here’s how Unite will help

The Scottish Government have increased the free hours of early learning and childcare from 600 to 1,140. Some nurseries are offering the longer hours already.

Read about the early years expansion on the Council’s site.

What this means

Some nurseries that only operated during term-time will be open all year round. Some nurseries will extend their hours. Almost all are changing the service they provide. This means

  • potential changes for existing staff
  • recruitment of hundreds of early years workers.

What we’re doing to help workers

Unite are the union of early years workers.

We represent and advise workers that are being asked to change their working patterns or workplace to ensure that the changes don’t impact them negatively.

We support members that are interested in the new jobs coming up, by offering advice and support for their professional development, such as help with

  • completing the job application
  • interview skills
  • understanding what’s required when working early years.

Get in touch

We are keen to hear from

  • early years staff facing changes at work
  • Council staff that are interested in changing careers to work in early years.

Contact our branch secretary Brian Robertson at brian.robertson2@unitetheunion.org if you are interested or to find out more.

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