Date Tues 8 May 2012
Early years staff have vital role to play in children’s
education, says UNISON
‘Early years staff have a vital role to play in children’s
education’. That was the message from UNISON Scotland today
ahead of a meeting of the Scottish Parliament’s education
committee in Edinburgh.
Carol Ball, a child development officer and chair of UNISON’s
Education Issues Group, said: “The earliest years of a child’s
life are crucial and, while we recognise that nursery teachers
have a place in nurseries, the vital role that early years staff
play in children’s education cannot be downplayed.
“Child development officers are fully-qualified, early
years professionals – with equivalent qualifications and
duties to nursery teachers – and deliver high quality early
years education and childcare.
“The Scottish Parliament’s education committee must
realise that early years’ education is delivered by a wide
range of highly-trained professionals, not just nursery teachers,
and must work with all staff involved to provide children with
the best start in life.”
Notes to editors
UNISON Scotland represent the vast majority of workers working
with children in their early years: midwives; health visitors;
community nurses; school nurses; nursery nurses, social workers
and support staff in schools.
For more information on UNISON’s aims for early years’
education, please download a copy of our education manifesto at
For more information contact:
· Carol Ball, chair of UNISON’s Education Issues
Group, on 07803 952 263
· Trisha Hamilton, Communications Officer, on 0141 342
2877 or 07939 478 461