IEU the union for early childhood teachers

Join today

Teachers in early childhood education and care

The IEU is the union for university-qualified teachers in the early childhood education and care sector.

We represent the industrial and professional interests of our members, whether you work in community-based preschools, long day care centres or schools.  We negotiate for your salaries and conditions, and we advocate for your interests in professional and policy discussions, committees and forums.

The IEU is committed to: 

  • Improving pay and conditions for our members, including through engaging in supported bargaining through the Fair Work Commission 
  • Providing industrial advice and representation to members regarding issues they face in the workplace, including disputes relating to salaries and entitlements, allegations relating to work performance, child protection, unfair dismissal, and workplace health and safety.
  • Supporting the professionalism of teachers by providing professional development and assistance with teacher accreditation 
  • Advancing the interests of teachers through submissions to government, education authorities and law reform committees across all matters relating to the work of teachers in the early childhood sector. 
  • Keeping members up to date with issues in the sector through our publications and social media.

Did you know that the IEU participates in the following stakeholder/ reference groups:

  • NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) Early Childhood Education Advisory Group
  • ACECQA National Workforce Strategy Stakeholder Reference Group
  • Thrive by Five
  • University Course Advisory Committees 

We invite you to participate in our campaigns and to contact your organiser to discuss any work-related questions or concerns you may have:

Contact Us

If you would like your organiser to visit your centre, or you would like to speak to one of our early childhood trained organisers, call or email us anytime – (02) 8202 8900, 

Our dedicated ECEC duty officers are available at the following times:

Tuesday 9am-12pmWednesday 3pm-5pmFriday 12pm-3pm
Kate DamoTina SmithLisa James

ECEC Council

Members of ECEC Council are elected by Early Childhood members in various geographical regions in NSW/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.

Council Members

  • 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

Contact the IEU if you are interested in representing your area –

Recent ECEC News

Read more news here.