Date 23 April 2007
Nursery Nurses welcome expansion challenge
UNISON Scotland today welcomed calls for an expansion in early
years education using the skills of all staff in the sector. The
union which represents Scotland's nursery nurses praised current
plans to improve career paths in early years education following
a lengthy Scottish Executive Review.
But UNISON disagrees with the Educational Institute of Scotland
over its insistence that only trained teachers can provide education
in nursery schools and other early years settings.
Pat Rowland, UNISON Scotland Treasurer and head of an early years
establishment, said: "We work closely with nursery teachers and
respect the work they do. However, the EIS is well aware that the
Review has led to plans for all early years facilities to be led
by someone qualified to degree level or work-based equivalent.
"We welcome this opportunity for nursery nurses and other early
years workers to be able to develop their careers. Not every early
years setting is led by a teacher. The Scottish Executive has said
it expects more non-teaching staff to manage centres in future as
the new early years professional role is developed."
The EIS criticised the Labour Party's 'Sunshine Agenda' because
the teachers' union says there are not enough nursery teachers for
a major expansion in the sector. But UNISON Scotland welcomes the
commitment from Labour that values the work of our members in the
early years sector. Pat added: "Our members are ready for the challenge."
For Further Information Please Contact: Pat Rowland: (Scottish
Treasurer and early years worker) 07885 469680 Dave Watson (Scottish
Organiser) 0845 355 0845 (w) 07958 122 409 (m) Chris Bartter (Communications
Officer) 0845 355 0845(w) 0771 558 3729(m)