Early childhood

The AEU is committed to the right of all children to high quality free public early childhood education. Essential to this vision are:

  • Pay and conditions which recognise the professional status of teachers‚ assistants and other staff
  • Registration for teachers and accreditation for other staff in early childhood services
  • Funding and resources to support children's access‚ shared professional development‚ and strengthen the continuity of children's progress and improve their educational outcomes
  • A curriculum framework that enables continuity for children as they enter primary school.
  • The AEU views the creation of partnerships with parents as a positive and important element in the provision of early childhood education.

EC Facebook (2) [ec facebook 2 .png]The early childhood sector is represented by Martel Menz as the vice president. Cara Nightingale is the AEU's deputy vice president for the early childhood sector. Administrative support is provided by Julie Pond. You can contact them on (03) 9417 2822.

Protect our Preschools
Protect our Preschools
The AEU is campaigning (again) to secure funding for Universal Access to preschool.  Funding expires on December 31, 2017.  Here you will find a range of materials to use in your campaigning efforts. more...

Campaign to secure funding for 3 year-old preschool
The AEU has launched a petition to lobby for funding of 3 year-old preschool programs. Click here for more info and to download the petition. more...

Early Childhood pay and conditions
Navigate the maze of agreements covering members in the early childhood sector, download the agreement that applies for you and access members-only advice and resources. more...

EC Teacher Workload Index
The workload index will calculate your maximum index number and your maximum contact hours. more...

Play fair in childcare
Play fair in childcare
Teachers in long day care have been neglected for too long by employers, with pay and conditions in many services well below those of other educators. The AEU is campaigning for a fair deal for teachers in the sector. more...

Your bulletins and publications
You can now read the latest AEU publications for your sector online. more...

Early childhood professional development
The AEU runs a range of professional development programs for early childhood teachers, assistants, and student teachers, including support with applying for validation. Find out more here. more...

Validation process and workshops
Teachers at the top of the accomplished teacher pay scale can apply for validation to move up to the next level. The AEU runs workshops to guide members through the process. More information available here. more...

Occupational health and safety in early childhood
Looking after your safety and wellbeing and that of your colleagues should be a key priority. Find out more about the AEU's involvement in a sector-wide OHS campaign. more...

Early childhood council
Schedule of upcoming AEU early childhood sector council meetings. more...

Early childhood policies and submissions
The AEU makes submissions on behalf of members to government and parliamentary inquiries, reviews and consultation. This page contains AEU policies and submissions relating to early childhood. more...

Early Childhood Teachers and Educators - Why join the union?
The AEU represents your profession, negotiates your pay and conditions, provides professional development, give you legal protection, supports you in the workplace, runs a New Eductors Network as well as a range of other services. Good reason to join the 50,000+ members in Victoria. more...

Early Childhood Teacher Graduates - Why join the union?
The AEU represents your profession so join its 50,000+ Victorian members. Fees are pro-rata and graduate teachers pay reduced fees in their first three years. Early childhood teachers, educators, preschool field officers and activity group leaders are eligible to join. more...



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