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

    Information for ECTS is changing rapidly and the IEU will update as we can. At this stage both early education and care centres and community based preschools will remain open.

    23 Mar 2020
  • Government announces $14 million Community Childcare Special Circumstances Fund in response to COVID-19

    Grants are available for child care providers through the $14 million Community Child Care Special Circumstances Fund to help cover business costs, including wages, to ensure services impacted by COVID-19 can continue to operate. A live webcast about the fund will occur at 11:30am Thursday 19 March.

    19 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) and early childhood services

    Yesterday we wrote to a number of large ECS employers KU, SDN, Uniting, Goodstart, requesting information on how they are dealing with the Covid 19 Virus. Today we received a reply from KU.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Goodstart negotiations off to a good start

    Negotiations have commenced for a new Goodstart Agreement that will cover all Goodstart centres throughout Australia.

    27 Feb 2020
  • PD for early childhood teachers

    IEUA NSW/ACT members can access two forms of free NESA Registered PD that includes TLN, which normally costs $350 per year. Our 2020 offerings have just been released.

    17 Dec 2019
  • Early childhood: Assessment and ratings process

    The IEU met with Department of Education representatives regarding concerns about the Assessment and Ratings process raised by the IEU in writing earlier this year.

    16 Dec 2019
  • World Teachers' Day

    Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead.

    25 Oct 2019
  • New Agreement for Uniting Care Centres

    The IEU has finalised negotiations for a new agreement for Uniting Care Early Learning Services. This agreement will cover 55 services.

    15 Oct 2019
  • Highly Accomplished - Lead Teacher pilot

    NESA are looking for participants for a second cohort of early childhood teachers for a pilot program starting in March 2020.

    14 Oct 2019
  • Professional registration survey

    Academics from University of Sydney are conducting a survey on professional registration for early childhood teachers who work with children in the birth to five years age group.

    08 Oct 2019