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
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.
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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
IEU writes to Dan Tehan
The IEU wrote to Federal Education Minister Dan Tehan in May regarding our concerns that “free childcare” will end abruptly at the end of June.02 Jun 2020
COAG Universal Funding 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.27 May 2020