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

  • Universal Access Partnership review

    A call to guarantee five years of Commonwealth funding for guaranteed access to preschool is overdue recognition of the critical role Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) has in providing equity of opportunity for all children to get the best start to their education.

    25 May 2020
  • Stop the "snap back" ending free childcare

    Australian families have been enjoying free child care for six weeks now, but the Government will decide next week whether ‘free childcare’ will be switched off at the end of June.

    22 May 2020
  • "Snapping back" to the old child care system will be disastrous

    Comments from the Prime Minister over the weekend indicating the government intends to wind back free childcare on the 28th of June have sparked grave concerns for parents and the sector.

    18 May 2020
  • IEU early childhood conference not going ahead in 2020

    Due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the IEU Executive has made the decision to cancel the early childhood conference this year. Content will be reconfigured to suit online PD sessions, which will be made available closer to the date.

    15 May 2020
  • Updated COVID-19 guidance for early childhood members

    The IEU has provided an updated guidance for early childhood teacher members, navigating COVID-19 in

    13 May 2020
  • Return to early childhood services and WHS: Information for IEU members

    With increasing numbers of children returning to your early childhood service, the IEU wishes to ensure that work health and safety requirements are in place for staff and children at your service. Please help us better understand what is happening in your service so we can ensure our members are safe by completing our short survey for early childhood members.

    07 May 2020
  • Stronger work health and safety measures are required ahead of return to work

    The ACTU has renewed calls for stronger workplace health and safety laws to be put in place before the mass return to work after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

    06 May 2020
  • Early childhood: JobKeeper and keeping healthy

    Early childhood services have been declared an essential service, like schools, and therefore need to ensure they stay open during this time unless they have been closed by the Department of Health. This article is from the latest edition of Newsmonth, available online and making its way to members now.

    04 May 2020
  • Why the coronavirus is a crisis for women

    Women comprise more than 76% of IEU membership and more than 70% of workers in the health and care sectors globally. This is an article from the latest edition of Newsmonth, making its way to members now, and available for immediate reading online.

    04 May 2020
  • New ways of doing things in an early childhood setting

    The IEU know that that early childhood teachers ensure their services are highly organised in areas of care and education and health and safety, but with the emergence of Covid-19 we are seeing teachers introducing new ways of doing things.

    01 May 2020