Early years and nurseries


UNISON has produced a range of guidance for staff in schools on their safe re-opening, including guidance on completing risk assessment and model letters for staff and UNISON branches. UNISON believes that the same standards on safe re-opening will apply equally to all early years provision and these resources may be useful.

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UNISON is the largest union in early years and nurseries, representing over 50,000 members in support staff roles across the UK.

We represent staff working with young children in nurseries, schools and children’s centres.

Our members work in a variety of roles, including:

  • early years and nursery staff
  • nursery managers
  • early years professionals/teachers
  • family support workers
  • health visitors
  • midwives

We negotiate nationally, regionally and locally to improve pay, terms and conditions and job security for all early years workers.

UNISON campaigns to promote high quality services in the early years and improve the professional status and recognition of early years staff. We provide training and briefings on a range of topics including professional regulation, safeguarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).