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

  • Victory for common sense

    The IEU has welcomed the announcement by the Education Council (25 January) that it will not introduce ‘robo marking’ of writing tests which constitute part of NAPLAN this year.

    30 Jan 2018
  • Members invited to attend Justice Literary Event

    The IEU would like to remind members of the upcoming Justice Literary Event, organised by the Edmund Rice Centre for Justice and Community Education on Wednesday 14 March, 2018.

    25 Jan 2018
  • NESA confirms accreditation for Pre-2004 teachers via eTAMs

    Are you trying to contact NESA? The Union would like to inform all Pre-2004 teachers who have not received their confirmation of accreditation, that NESA has confirmed these teachers can return to work on Monday 29 January.

    25 Jan 2018
  • Early childhood accreditation supervisors sought by NESA

    The NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) is currently asking for expressions of interest for NESA Accreditation Supervisors to support early childhood teachers in their teacher accreditation.

    12 Jan 2018
  • IEU claim for early childhood teachers

    The IEU lodged evidence and submissions to support its pay equity claim for early childhood teachers just before Christmas.

    30 Dec 2017