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

  • Venues announced for stop work rallies

    Catholic schools around NSW and ACT are taking industrial action to protest CCER's refusal to grant access to an independent umpire in their latest Enterprise Agreement.

    31 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Canberra and Goulburn Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 22 schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, including most secondary schools and many primary schools. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Maitland and Newcastle Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for 35 schools in the Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle. The Union is asking members to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Parramatta Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 130 schools in the metropolitan area. The Union is asking members in the Parramatta Diocese to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Thursday 2 November.

    28 Oct 2017
  • IEU calls stop work - Sydney and Broken Bay Catholic schools

    Protected action ballots have been granted by the AEC for over 100 schools in the Archdiocese of Sydney and the Diocese of Broken Bay. The Union is asking members in these schools to stop work from the commencement of duty until 12.30pm on Wednesday 1 November.

    28 Oct 2017