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

  • Early childhood teachers are not cleaners

    Recently the Department of Education published advice regarding deep cleaning after an expected outbreak of COVID-19. The Department advised that there was no need for specialised cleaners and that your normal cleaner could perform the task.

    11 Sep 2020
  • Celebrate early childhood education and care workers

    Today on Early Childhood Educators day, we celebrate our workers in early childhood education and care, the teachers and educators, and recognise the vital contribution they make to the lives of children, families, and our country as a whole.

    02 Sep 2020
  • Early Childhood Conference online sessions

    The IEU Executive has made the decision to cancel the in-person Early Childhood Conference this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. This unprecedented situation is the first time the IEU has cancelled the Conference in more than 20 years. The IEU is offering a range of NESA registered online professional development opportunities to our members in it's stead.

    25 Aug 2020
  • Wear it Purple Day and IEU opposition to One Nation Education bill

    Wear it Purple Day is Friday the 28th of August, 2020. Wear it Purple Day is about showing LGBTIQ+ young people that they have the right to be proud of who they are. It is about creating safe spaces in schools, universities, workplaces and public spaces to show LGBTIQ+ young people that they are seen and supported.

    24 Aug 2020
  • Free community preschool in NSW continued until the end of 2020

    The NSW Government today announced an extension of the COVID-19 relief funding for community and mobile preschools to the end of Term 4.

    19 Aug 2020
  • New survey on how families experience ECEC

    This week The Front Project released findings from a survey of over 1000 parents and carers of young children who shared their experiences with early childhood education and care (ECEC) during COVID-19.

    19 Jun 2020
  • A call for more support for ECL during COVID-19 – Jodie Harrison MP, Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning

    The NSW Shadow Minister for Early Childhood Learning has sent a letter to educators and early education and care providers, indicating her wishes for greater support for ECL during COVID-19.

    19 Jun 2020
  • Education Council - Universal Access National Partnership review

    Education Council considered the final report on the review of the Universal Access National Partnership (UANP). The IEU made a submission to the review and were consulted by the Nous Group in this process.

    16 Jun 2020
  • Government's childcare shocker

    IEU Organiser for the South Coast, Tina Smith, was interviewed by the Illawarra Mercury on the government's announced intention to remove the early childhood education and care relief package that had been providing free childcare to around one million families in Australia.

    12 Jun 2020
  • Policy and funding vacuum remains for early learning

    On Monday 8 June, in a public holiday surprise announcement, the government declared their intention to snap back to the old Child Care Subsidy (CCS) system. This decision potentially leaves the entire sector - families, providers and skilled early childhood education and care professionals – in a policy and funding vacuum.

    09 Jun 2020