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

  • Teachers' Day #LetUsTeach

    In the lead up to October 27, Teachers’ Day, IEU began a social media campaign to draw attention to the declining autonomy of our teachers and the excessive workloads they face.

    27 Oct 2017
  • A degree matters

    The State of Early Learning Report 2017 shows slightly less NSW children are presenting at school developmentally vulnerable compared to the national average.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Equal Remuneration – help needed

    Members would be aware that the IEU is currently running a case in the Fair Work Commission for equal pay for early childhood teachers and directors with primary teachers and other professionals.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Are developers gouging parents?

    Developers and landlords are inflating the cost of childcare and condemning children to spending their childhood in crappy environments, Early Childhood Consultant Lisa Bryant writes.

    25 Oct 2017
  • Hearing the Indigenous voice

    Many early learning centres have Reconciliation Action Plans (RAPs) and actively work to include Indigenous understanding into their centre or preschool.

    25 Oct 2017