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

  • Strength and resolve get results

    IEU members in Catholic systemic schools across NSW and the ACT ended 2017 with celebrations following their 88% rejection of the Catholic employers’ enterprise agreement (EA).

    08 Feb 2018
  • Justice Literary Event to inspire students

    This year the Edmund Rice Centre is presenting another Justice Literary Event, 10 years after the original one in 2008. It is designed to inspire and inform students about social and eco justice through the arts.

    07 Feb 2018
  • Newsmonth launched online

    Welcome to the new term and an innovation in the way IEU communicates with you.

    06 Feb 2018
  • Exemplary educators study

    Has your centre received an exceeding rating in every possible National Quality Standard Assessment and sub- standard? Are you interested in why your work as an early childhood teacher is undervalued?

    05 Feb 2018
  • Education for youngest members of society remains undervalued

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch is disappointed by the Federal Government’s announcement that it will only provide a one year extension to funding for the National Partnership on Universal Access to Early Childhood Education.

    05 Feb 2018