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Early childhood

The AEU has more than 2700 members in the early childhood sector, and is the loudest voice and strongest arm for early childhood teachers and educators.

Last year we secured the two major enterprise agreements for early childhood education – VECTEA 2016 for the community sector, and EEEA 2016 for the local government sector.

Some highlights of these agreements include:

  • a 3% annual wage rise
  • workload clauses to help deliver workload relief
  • 50 days of leave for co-educators
  • pay parity with school teachers for the top tier of EC teachers (an additional 13%)
  • pay parity with school teachers for the bottom tier of EC teachers (an additional 8%).

These two agreements will now set the benchmark for the rest of the early childhood sector.

The AEU: the union for you

The AEU is the union for early childhood teachers, co-educators, preschool field officers (PSFOs), and advisors.

We understand your work, and the challenges (and rewards!) of early childhood.

When the going gets tough, we’ll support you – whether that’s providing 1:1 advice about anything from your contract to your leave entitlements, running excellent PD, or achieving strong enterprise agreements for the workforce as a whole.

When it comes to enterprise bargaining, there is strength in numbers – and the more early childhood teachers and educators join the AEU, the more power we have at the bargaining table.

We also run public campaigns to bring about big-picture reforms to early childhood.

That includes our current Protect Our Preschools campaign, which involves lobbying the federal and state governments to commit to ‘universal access’ - 15 hours per week of kindergarten for four-year-olds.

At the moment, this funding is only secure until the end of 2017. We know that 15 hours should be a permanent entitlement and that any cut in hours will have a highly detrimental impact on children, families and our members.

The AEU has almost 50,000 members around Victoria. Join us today, and connect with a community of passionate educators.

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