United Services Union & the Early Childhood Educators Award

Building better conditions

It is now time for USU members to vote on the draft ECEC award schedule that will aim to deliver:

Additional Sick Leave – Mandated Programming Time – Allowance for Nominated Supervisor – Allowance for Educational Leader

Sign our pledgeDownload Draft ECEC Award Schedule

Time to Vote!

Meeting for all Early Childhood Educator & Carers

Monday, 13 May 2025

6.30pm

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Blacktown City Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

6:30pm

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Bayside Council

Monday, 13 May 2024

6:45pm

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Campbelltown City Council

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

6:30pm

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Canada Bay Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Canterbury Bankstown Council

Wednesday, 1 May 2024

6:30pm

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City of Sydney Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Cumberland City Council

Thursday, 16 May 2024

6:30pm

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Fairfield City Council

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

6:30pm

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Georges River Council

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

6:45pm

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Inner West Council

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

6:30pm

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Ku-ring-gai Council

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

6:30pm

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Lane Cove Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Liverpool City Council

Thursday, 16 May 2024

6:30pm

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Northern Beaches Council

Monday, 29 April 2024

6:45pm

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Parramatta Council

Thursday, 23 May 2024

6:30pm

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Penrith City Council

Thursday, 9 May 2024

6:30pm

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Randwick City Council

Thursday, 2 May 2024

7pm

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Sutherland Shire Council

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

6:30pm

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The Hills Shire Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

7pm

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Waverley Council

Monday, 6 May 2024

7pm

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Woollahra Municipal Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

8am

Woollahra Preschool

2nd meeting for all Early Childhood Educator & Carers

Monday, 20 May 2025

6.30pm

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Time to Vote!

Bayside Council

Monday, 13 May 2024

6:45pm

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Blacktown City Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

6:30pm

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Campbelltown City Council

Tuesday, 21 May 2024

6:30pm

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Canada Bay Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Canterbury Bankstown Council

Wednesday, 1 May 2024

6:30pm

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City of Sydney Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Cumberland City Council

Thursday, 16 May 2024

6:30pm

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Fairfield City Council

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

6:30pm

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Georges River Council

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

6:45pm

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Inner West Council

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

6:30pm

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Meeting for all Early Childhood Educator & Carers

Monday, 13 May 2024

6:30pm

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Ku-ring-gai Council

Tuesday, 14 May 2024

6:30pm

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Lane Cove Council

Wednesday, 8 May 2024

7pm

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Liverpool City Council

Thursday, 16 May 2024

6:30pm

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Northern Beaches Council

Monday, 29 April 2024

6:45pm

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Parramatta Council

Thursday, 23 May 2024

6:30pm

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2nd meeting option for all Early Childhood Educator & Carers

Monday, 20 May 2025

6.30pm

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Penrith City Council

Thursday, 9 May 2024

6:30pm

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Randwick City Council

Thursday, 2 May 2024

7pm

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Sutherland Shire Council

Wednesday, 22 May 2024

6:30pm

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The Hills Shire Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

7pm

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Waverley Council

Monday, 6 May 2024

7pm

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Woollahra Municipal Council

Tuesday, 7 May 2024

8am

Woollahra Preschool

Why? Why is the world like this?

Young children ask why all day, and early educators have questions too.

Why are we working additional duties with additional responsibilities with no higher duties pay?

Why do we need to do programming in our own time? Why do we need to pay for our essential ongoing training?

Why are centres unable to manage staffing so that we can get our breaks, our programming time and our training covered?

Why are Council-run centres squeezing its teachers? Local Council early childhood educators used to have the best working conditions, why not now?

We care about the children, but why should we have to put up with this? Your union, the USU, negotiates the Local Government (State) Award that covers all local council workers. Some Councils have their own closely connected Award, and you could too!

The USU is asking: The children and their families appreciate you and your expertise, how about your employer?

What does professional recognition look like? It’s a dedicated Award that addresses the specific challenges of the sector which can keep up with the ever-changing demands of your jobs.

What needs to change? A dedicated Award is an opportunity for early childhood educators to directly address the challenges of the sector.

 

 

The Award, the Union, and you: The building blocks for better conditions.

Draft ECEC Award Schedule

HISTORY MAKING AWARD DELAYED BY EMPLOYER NEGOTIATION TEAM!

July 2023

You may have heard we have commenced meetings to start discussions on an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Award.

Two meetings have been held with employer representatives and the next one was scheduled for the 6th July 2023.

On the 17th May 2023 the USU supplied our negotiation log of claims to the employer negotiation team. They requested time to review before responding.

It has been 7 weeks since this occurred and the USU has been advised that they are not ready to meet as not all Councils have had the opportunity to provide feedback!

Read the full article here

CAMPAIGN UPDATE – LOG OF CLAIMS FOR THE AWARD

May 2023 – We have been visiting early education centres across Sydney and have now commenced formal discussions on an Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Award. Two meetings have been held with employer representatives and the next one is scheduled for 6 July 2023.

Some of the highlights of the log of claims are:

  • Educational Leader and Nominated Supervisor Allowance
  • Mandated programming time
  • Additional Sick Leave

See the full log of claims here.

The Award, the Union, and you: The building blocks for professional recognition.

SIGN OUR PLEDGE

Building a Campaign for the Local Government Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) Sector.

Join others who have signed the pledge to learn how you can be involved in this campaign to improve the working conditions of educators in local government.

 

 

 

We’re visiting you soon​

Your Union will be visiting your centre soon to meet with members and update you on the development of a ECEC Award in Local Government.

Get Involved

Keep an eye out for communications from your Union on our visit date, or contact your workplace Organiser to confirm when the Union campaign team will be visiting your centre. You can also view the visitation schedule below.

We ask all members to spread the word to their colleagues and encourage them to join our Union so we can build a strong Award for early education members across the state.

 

 

Our visits

Council  Visit Date 2  Visit Date 3
Bayside Council 28-Aug 27-Nov
Blacktown City Council 10-Jul 9-Oct
Campbelltown City Council 3-Jul 25-Sep
Canada Bay City Council 21-Aug 20-Nov
Canterbury-Bankstown Council 7-Aug 30-Oct
City of Sydney Council 4-Sep 4-Dec
Cumberland Council 17-Jul 16-Oct
Fairfield City Council 24-Jul 23-Oct
Georges River Council 7-Aug 30-Oct
Inner West Council 31-Jul 6-Nov
Ku-Ring-Gai Council 4-Sep 4-Dec
Lane Cove Council 4-Sep 4-Dec
Liverpool City Council 3-Jul 25-Sep
Northern Beaches Council 14-Aug 13-Nov
Parramatta Council 21-Aug 20-Nov
Penrith City Council 11-Sep 11-Dec
Randwick City Council 28-Aug 27-Nov
The Hills Shire Council 21-Aug 20-Nov
Waverley Council 28-Aug 27-Nov
Willoughby City Council 14-Aug 13-Nov
Woollahra Municipal Council 28-Aug 27-Nov
Sutherland 18-Sep  

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