Education and early years

We represent and support people working in all sectors of education and early years from nursery to tertiary, including further and higher education. Our dedicated education and early years team have the training and experience to help guide you through any challenges or issues you are facing at work. We represent:

  • Nannies*
  • Early Years and Childcare – nursery, crèche, SENCO, private, independent, voluntary or local authority
  • Heads and Leaders – primary, secondary, further education (FE) or higher education (HE) – in schools, colleges and universities
  • Teachers and Tutors – primary, secondary, FE, HE, supply or self-employed
  • Support Staff – in classroom, midday supervisor, administration or maintenance team
  • Lecturers and Researchers – in further education (FE) or higher education (HE)
  • Students – on full-time vocational courses
  • Early Career Teachers – following a full-time vocational course

Our legal and casework services are provided by a team of expert education and early years officers and reps. Their work includes local and national government negotiations to secure better policies, terms and conditions within the sector. Common issues we represent our education and early years members for includes disciplinaries and competency issues, early retirement, assault at work, TUPE, discrimination and more.

Tune into our Education Policy Podcast for the latest news and updates for your sector.

We are campaigning for the future of the education and early years sector as we recover from the coronavirus crisis. Read more about what we’re calling for here.

We are recognised and have members across thousands of schools, universities, colleges, and nurseries across the UK. Together, we are fighting for a better working world, and we want you to join us.

Membership benefits

As a member of Community, you not only have bespoke advice and representation for the education and early years sector in your corner, you also get access to training and development opportunitiesexclusive discounts and offerslegal and financial support for when times get tough and much more.

Find out more about Community and our membership benefits here.

What does it cost?

Whatever your income or the support you need, our rates will work for you and start from just £5.30 per month. You can find our full list of subscriptions here. Are you a full-time student? Join today for FREE.

We’re fighting for a better working world, and we want you to join us.

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Have a question or want more information? Contact us at or call us on 0800 389 6332.

*The safety of children, parents and nannies themselves is crucial. That is why Community insists that all nanny members are qualified and have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (formerly known as a CRB disclosure). We are supporters of ‘Regulation Matters’ which calls for the registration of all childcarers in the UK.

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