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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Thrive by Five

    The IEU is a supporter of Thrive by Five – the philanthropic Minderoo Foundation’s campaign to improve the affordability, accessibility and quality of the early learning system, including the need to address the wages and conditions of teachers and educators.

    08 Feb 2021
  • NQF review

    The National Quality Framework (NQF) is under review. You can attend an online information session on 15 March on the topic of Children’s Safety, Health and Wellbeing.

    08 Feb 2021
  • Putting pay on the agenda

    IEU participated in the ACECQA National Workforce Strategy Co-design Stakeholder Group meetings in 2020. While the union was successful in getting pay on the agenda, we need your help to make it a priority. 

    08 Feb 2021
  • Children remain at the centre of things

    A child focused philosophy sustained Maria Whitcher throughout her almost 40-year career as an early childhood director.

    08 Feb 2021
  • Thrive by Five: Make your voice heard on early childhood education and care reform

    Next month, representatives from the IEU will be joining Jay Weatherill, the CEO of early learning childcare advocacy group Thrive by Five, as he makes a speech to the National Press Club in Canberra urging MPs to take the early learning system seriously.

    28 Jan 2021
  • NESA Professional Development announcement

    NESA has announced that, from 30 November, it would cancel the endorsement of all professional development providers across NSW. Its proposed new policy removes the endorsed PD provider status from teacher unions and other professional teaching associations, while retaining that preferential classification for Catholic and independent school employers.

    03 Dec 2020