About us

Voice - the union for education, early years & childcare professionals

Unfortunately, things can and do go wrong at work - often when you least expect it. You never know when you’re going to need the support of a firm but friendly union to fight your corner.

Voice is the union for education professionals, and we speak up for everyone, from teachers, lecturers, nursery nurses and nannies, to head teachers and school support staff, including teaching assistants, technicians and administrators and students* (*free membership). Voice represents a united strength that will support, protect and listen to you throughout your career, and we believe that every professional in education, early years and childcare has a right to be heard. That’s why we offer a service that can enrich your working life - making Voice membership so much more than an insurance policy.

Because we support tens-of-thousands of members, we can offer you the personal service you deserve - but we’re large enough to get results. What’s more, we’ve got the strong presence needed to guarantee your voice is heard.

"We prefer the force of argument rather than the argument of force." At Voice, we believe in the power of negotiation to protect the interests of our members – who never resort to strikes or other forms of industrial action.

Our success as a union is based on a commitment to our members and we frequently go beyond what’s expected to find new ways to support you. We negotiate with government departments, local authorities and private employers to seek recognition for education and childcare professionals. This is assisted by our strong position in government working groups and consultation forums.

Our goal is to ensure your place of work is somewhere you feel valued, secure and rewarded. Voice deals with the agitating, the arguing, the negotiating and the planning, giving you the freedom to get on with what matters most – your job.


Voice’s Core Values

The strength of negotiation

At Voice, we believe in the power of negotiation to protect the interests of our members – who never resort to industrial action.

Truly independent union

Our independence from the S/TUC and non-affiliation to any political party means our thoughts and actions are dedicated to our members.

Supporting children, Protecting ourselves

We’re responsible for the children we educate and care for, and it’s essential that we support them alongside protecting ourselves.

Every member is unique

All of our members are professionals fulfilling an important role in education, early years and childcare, so it’s important that we provide a dedicated and personal service, and strive for quality in everything we do. 


Further information

Video:  "Voice is the union for me"

Video:  "Voice the union"

Financial Statement to Members

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