Supporting the independent education community

Early childhood

Early childhood PD

The IEU represents university educated teachers employed in child early education and care services in NSW and the ACT, including preschools, long day care centres and teachers that work in early intervention services. 


The IEU has been successful in gaining improvements in pay and conditions for teachers in private and community based centres. We have also negotiated many stand-alone agreements for members employed in individual services, and other larger organisations such as KU Children's Services, Goodstart and Uniting Early Learning to name just a few.

If you would like your organiser to visit your centre please call the IEU on (02) 8202 8900. We also have a number of early childhood trained organisers. 


ECS Council

Members of ECS Council are elected by Early Childhood members in various geographical regions in NSW and the ACT.  They are employed in a variety of early education and care settings. The ECS Council has an advisory role to the Union, Executive and officers.


Current Members of the Council are Gabrielle Connell - ECS Vice President and representatives from:

  • Amy Martin - Sydney metropolitan area
  • Marie Jacobsen – Central West NSW
  • Lyn Connors – Hunter/ Newcastle 
  • Ariane Simon - Sydney Metropolitan area 
  • Melinda Gambley – Northern Rivers
  • Julia Cameron – North West NSW
  • Phillipa Maher – Mid North coast
  • Suzanne Snowball – Sydney metropolitan area

If you are interested in representing your area please contact the IEU.

Your workplace news

  • IEU Early Childhood Conference cancelled

    It is with a heavy heart that the annual IEU Early Childhood Conference must be cancelled. Another casualty of the pandemic from the insidious virus, COVID-19.

    14 Jul 2021
  • Budget reply: Early childhood funding misses the mark

    The federal government’s $1.6 billion funding commitment for early childhood education over the next four years is a start, but more is required to secure the future of the sector.

    18 May 2021
  • Final hearing dates set for early childhood teachers’ pay claim

    The Fair Work Commission (FWC) has set aside three days in August to conduct a final hearing of our union’s years-long campaign for substantial salary increases for early childhood teachers.

    14 May 2021
  • Have your say

    Are you interested in becoming more active in the IEU? The IEU is calling for nominations for the Early Childhood Services (ECS) Council from early childhood members.

    04 May 2021
  • Maintain your accrediation

    Everything you need to know to keep your accreditation up to date.

    04 May 2021
  • Early Childhood Conference

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch annual early childhood conference We are all in this together: Support, Resilience, Recognition will take place on 7 August.

    04 May 2021
  • Robin's place

    Early childhood teacher Robin Hurst is such an icon at Bathurst SDN they’ve named a room after her.

    04 May 2021
  • Pay rises for early childhood teachers

    The Fair Work Commission handed down a decision today supporting pay rises of up to 10% for early childhood teachers, in response to a claim by the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA).

    19 Apr 2021
  • Good news from Goodstart

    Goodstart confirms Proficient Teachers are not expected to provide additional documentation to maintain their accreditation.

    08 Mar 2021
  • Many voices, one message: let’s shift the policy on early childhood education

    The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch has joined forces with a dynamic new campaign Thrive by Five, calling for a major overhaul of early childhood education. Thrive by Five is led by former SA Premier Jay Weatherill and Nicola Forrest, Co-founder of the Minderoo Foundation, a philanthropic organisation of which Thrive by Five is a key initiative.

    16 Feb 2021