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 - Sydney area
  • Marie Jacobsen - Wagga/Albury
  • Lyn Connors - Hunter/Newcastle
  • 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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    Teachers who are on Step 12 in 2017 are eligible to apply for the Experienced Teacher classification in 2018 under the newly adopted Hybrid model.

    28 Jun 2017
  • Tips on that first job: Free student/graduate teacher seminar

    Sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank, the free Steps to Success seminar on 7 July offers all teaching students or recent graduates tips and advice on how to get a job and how to make the most of your first job, as well as managing money and dealing with the accreditation process.

    22 Jun 2017
  • Renew your IEU membership now and claim it back on tax

    Union fees are tax deductible. So if your union membership has lapsed or you are a new member, pay your fees before the end of the financial year on 30 June and you will be able to claim them back on your tax straight away.

    22 Jun 2017
  • Quality public education for refugees needed more than ever

    With the number of forcibly displaced people at its highest in history, World Refugee Day reveals the urgent need for sustainable investment in public education to see that millions of children can access quality learning.

    21 Jun 2017
  • Update: Catholic systemic schools EA

    Negotiations between the Union and the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) have reached a critical point as we await a response from the employers on significant elements of the IEU claim for teachers and support staff.

    15 Jun 2017