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Lunch and rest breaks - what early childhood staff are entitled to and what if you don't get these

By Rachel Pratt
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bunWorking with children is a very busy and demanding job and employees are often questioning what their entitlements are when they come to breaks.

There is a huge variation of break times across the sector, ranging from two 15-minute rest breaks and one hour-long meal break, to no rest breaks and a half hour meal break.

So what are early childhood teachers entitled to when it comes to break times?

There is some confusion when it comes to break times due to the fact that, since 2009, there has been a major change around break times which some teachers may have not been aware of and employers themselves may know not what their responsibilities are in this regard.

1.  Legal entitlements for breaks
2.  What does this mean for teachers
3.  Types of agreements
4.  How important are breaks and the arguments for these
5.  Negotiating contracts
6.  Further information and resources


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