Supporting the independent education community

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. 


You can contact our dedicated team of early childhood organisers anytime. However, we have dedicated ECEC duty officers available at the following times:


  • Tuesday 9am-12pm: Tina Smith
  • Wednesday 3pm-5pm: Kate Damo
  • Friday 12pm-3pm: Lisa James


Early Childhood Teacher magazine: Bedrock IEUA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Teachers Community Group: Facebook



ECEC Council


Members of ECEC 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 ECEC Council has an advisory role to the Union, Executive and officers.


Current Members of the Council are:


  • Michelle Thompson (ECS Vice President)
  • Natalie Leeson - Sydney metropolitan area
  • Amy Martin - Sydney metropolitan area 
  • Melinda Gambley – Northern Rivers
  • Jane Courtney - South Coast
  • Phillipa Maher – Mid North coast

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


Join the IEUA NSW/ACT Early Childhood Teachers Community Group on Facebook.


Your workplace news

  • Ministers listening: IEU members speak up at Federal Government’s Early Years Summit

    IEU member Janene Rox and IEUA Federal Secretary Christine Cooper were at the National Early Years Summit in Canberra in February, headed up by Minister for Early Childhood Education Dr Anne Aly and Minister for Social Services Amanda Rishworth.

    27 Feb 2023
  • 2022 IEU Early Childhood Conference: cancelled

    It is with great reluctance and sadness that we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year's Early Childhood Conference Reconnect, Recharge, Restore on Saturday 13 August 2022.

    12 Jul 2022
  • Media Release: Big tick for pre-kindergarten plan but it needs properly paid teachers to succeed

    The Perrottet Government’s plan to offer an additional year of school pre-kindergarten by 2030 is welcome, but to be effective it must be delivered by highly qualified and appropriately paid early childhood teachers.

    16 Jun 2022
  • What the NSW Public Health Order means for you

    The Public Health order states that from Monday, 8 November, an employee in NSW may not work at an early childhood education and care centre (ECEC) unless the employee has had two doses of a COVID-19 vaccine or has been issued with a medical contraindication certificate.

    01 Oct 2021
  • Celebrate early childhood teachers and educators

    On Early Childhood Educators’ Day 2021, we offer a heartfelt thank you for the teachers and educators working in early childhood settings. Thank you for the vitally important role you play in the lives of children and their families.

    01 Sep 2021
  • Approved Learning Frameworks: time to have your say

    The Australian Children's Education & Care Quality Authority (ACECQA) has engaged Macquarie University, Queensland University of Technology and Edith Cowan University to conduct the 2021 National Quality Framework Approved Learning Frameworks Update project. This is your opportunity as practitioners to have your say.

    25 Aug 2021
  • 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