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

  • RESOLVED: Member Advantage login issue

    This issue has been resolved. There is a known issue with the Member Advantage login page, affecting a number of members.

    14 Feb 2019
  • International Women's Day 2019 events and celebrations

    The IEU is hosting and participating in a number of events to celebrate International Women's Day. Find the details within.

    14 Feb 2019
  • Sydney Catholic schools class sizes

    In 2017 and 2018 the Union renegotiated the Work Practices Agreements (WPAs) that apply to all Catholic dioceses except Wilcannia-Forbes.

    13 Feb 2019
  • Introducing your new Member Benefits Program

    The Independent Education Union of Australia NSW/ACT Branch has partnered with Member Advantage to offer members access to a wide range of benefits, including lifestyle, leisure and financial offers.

    12 Feb 2019
  • Don't wait to work

    IEU members are reminded that you need not wait to receive your Working With Children Check (WWCC) clearance number to engage in child related employment.

    11 Feb 2019