Early Childhood Education Teachers Union of Finland (ECE Teachers Union)
The Early Childhood Education Teachers Union of Finland is a professional organisation of early childhood education. We promote the recognition of our ECE teachers and early childhood education, and also support children’s rights.
Members of the ECE Teachers Union are working as ECE teachers, special ECE teachers, day-care center directors, guided family day-care directors, day-care inspectors and other professionals in the field of early childhood education.
The Early Childhood Education Teachers Union of Finland is a trade union with over 14 000 members, and growing. We are part of the Trade Union of Education in Finland (OAJ). OAJ is an interest organisation for all teachers with over 120 000 members. Both ECE Teachers Union and OAJ are part of an umbrella organization AKAVA, the Confederation of Unions for Professional and Managerial Staff in Finland.
Collective bargaining is in the hands of AKAVA and Public Sector Negotiating Commission (JUKO). OAJ also negotiates collective agreements concerning private day-care centers.
Members are served by local shop stewards, special advisers and officials of regional associations and the offices of the Early Childhood Education Teachers Union and OAJ. Responsibility for looking after ECE teachers interests are divided between OAJ and ECE Teachers Union. OAJ is responsible for salaries- and employment-related issues and ECE Teachers Union professional matters.
Early Childhood Education Teachers Union gathers together all the ECE teacher Associations in Finland. ECE Teachers Union have members approximately in 250 associations, which are mainly local teacher associations. At the moment (2019) there are 30 kindergarten teacher associations, of which five of them are Swedish-speaking, and two pedagogical associations. In many municipalities and cities, kindergarten teachers don’t have their own associations but they are part of the local teachers association.
Administration of Early Childhood Education Union in Finland
The highest decision maker is the ECE Teachers Union Council. The council is elected for four years at the time and has 45 members from all over Finland. The annual Council meetings are held in spring and autumn. Every four years the Council elects the President of the ECE Teachers Union, deputy president, chairperson and the deputy chairperson of the Council.
The Union board has 14 members including the President and deputy president of the Union. The kindergarten teacher associations nominates the representatives for the board, and Council accepts the nominees to the board. The Executive Board meet once a month.
Currently, the President of the ECE Teachers Union of Finland on term 2018-2021 is Anitta Pakanen from city of Oulu.
History of the Early Childhood Education Teachers Union in a nutshell
The ECE Teachers Union of Finland was founded in January 1919, with about 100 participants from all over Finland. The meeting decided rules for the association. The first paragraph stated that “the meaning of Kindergarten Teachers Union in Finland is to progress the development of kindergarten work and enhance the meaning of kindergarten teacher’s profession in society, economically and developmental issues”. First president of the Kindergarten Teachers Union (ECE Teachers Union) was Elisabeth Alander.
Mission, values and vision
The ECE Teachers Union and ECE teachers are the specialists of early childhood education.
Strong professional identity
The ECE Teachers Union is a strong specialist of early childhood education. ECE teacher is the best pedagogical expert for early childhood education.
The ECE Teachers Union is equal to all its members.
Every ECE teacher commits to honor and support equality at work and in public.
The ECE Teachers Union and all its members are acting as strong prominent figure within society.
All our members have the courage to take the role of an early childhood education specialist.
The ECE Teachers Union is interacting with its members, finding solutions on the challenges in ECE and supporting to create new solutions proactively.
A ECE teacher is able to notice the challenges in future by modifying the substance and methods used in ECE.
Early childhood education and ECE teachers have strong status in society.
ECE Teachers Union office is based in Itä-Pasila Akava-talo, Kellosilta 7 00520 Helsinki.
In general matters you can send E-mail here.
President of Early Childhood Education Union
+358 40 540 8633
+358 50 550 6254
Managing editor and Information Officer
+358 40 527 3205
Communication Advisor of ECE
+358 50 320 2922
Members of ECE Union receive various benefits regarding insurance, holiday and hotel benefits and certain purchases. Members also belong to an unemployment insurance fund. Also, ECE Union arranges organisational and professional training for its members.
As a member benefit, you will receive our professional magazine Lastentarha. This has been published since 1937. In Lastentarha you can find articles and reports about early education genre and professionals, briefs about latest studies, reviews about children music genre and what’s going on in the field of ECEC in general.
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How to join ECE Union
If you have completed a Bachelor Degree of Education that gives you the qualification of ECE teacher you can join ECE Union. Also, people who have graduated from university of applied sciences and studied 60 credit early childhood education studies (sosionomi AMK) have the right to work as a ECE teacher can also join.
All membership applications should be addressed to local associations and/or kindergarten teachers’ associations.
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