Supporting the independent education community

Early childhood

The IEU represents university educated teachers employed in child 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, Big Fat Smile, Goodstart to name 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 early childhood trained organisers. 

ECS Council



Members of ECS Council are elected by ECS members in various geographical regions in NSW and the ACT.  They are employed in a variety of ECS centres. 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:

  • Margaret Wayland (Karuna Montessori Preschool) - Sydney area
  • Marie Jacobsen (Leeton Preschool) -  Wagga/Albury
  • Lyn Connors - Hunter/Newcastle
  • Maria Whitcher (Kiama Preschool) - South Coast
  • Ariane Simon (St Stephens Preschool Normanhurst) - Sydney Area 

If you are interesting in representing your area please contact the IEU.

Your workplace news

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    Inequality in Australia is at a 70 year high and unionists and their unions are building a movement to #ChangeTheRules to bring fairness for working people, their families and communities.

    16 Nov 2017
  • IEU receives messages of support

    IEU branches from around the country have sent messages of solidarity to IEU NSW/ACT members as they take industrial action over a dispute with the Catholic Commission of Employee Relations, who are denying Catholic school teachers and support staff the right to arbitration.

    16 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to the employers' enterprise agreement

    The Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) has advised of their intention to circulate their proposed Enterprise Agreement (EA) to staff on 14 November for a vote soon after.

    15 Nov 2017
  • Manus Island situation critical

    IEU calls upon the Federal Government to take immediate action and provide access to food, water, electricity and medical supplies to those men remaining within the detention centre located on Manus Island.

    14 Nov 2017
  • OECTA sends message in support of industrial action

    Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association President, Liz Stuart has sent a letter to IEU president, Chris Wilkinson in support of the industrial action taken by IEU members in response to CCER's refusal to include an effective arbitration clause in their latest enterprise agreement.

    03 Nov 2017