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.
Your workplace news
Emergency Town Hall meeting on Childcare in Australia
You are invited to an emergency Town Hall meeting on the future of childcare and early learning.25 May 2020
The Front Project
Two major pieces of work have recently been released by The Front Project as part of a renewed focus on supporting the early childhood education and care (ECEC) sector through COVID-19.25 May 2020
Don't snap back
The Prime Minister has indicated that the government intends to end fee-free childcare and go back to the old subsidy system on 28 June.25 May 2020
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 in13 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