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

  • IEU Q&A Facebook Live August

    On Facebook Live yesterday, IEU Secretary John Quessy answered members' questions about its dispute with CCER over the new Enterprise Agreement for Catholic systemic schools, especially in regards to arbitration.

    18 Aug 2017
  • Environment Committee announces winners of the IEU Environment Grants 2017

    The IEU Environment Committee is delighted to announce the winners of the IEU Environment Grants 2017 sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank (TMB).

    17 Aug 2017
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    The Australian Government has proposed a postal survey on the question of Marriage Equality.

    15 Aug 2017
  • Where is our Enterprise Agreement really at?

    IEU has received many questions from members in Catholic systemic schools on the progress of the current EA discussions with CCER. The Catholic employers have been spreading misinformation on the status of the Agreement and the IEU will clarify what is actually occurring (especially re the dispute over arbitration) through a Facebook Live Q&A event, this Thursday 17 August at 4 pm.

    15 Aug 2017
  • News release: Teachers should not sign NAPLAN confidentiality agreement

    The Independent Education Union (IEU) is advising its members not to sign confidentiality agreements in relation to the administration of NAPLAN online testing.

    14 Aug 2017