Supporting the independent education community

Early childhood

Early childhood PD

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

  • Early childhood Union training day

    The IEU has developed a Union training day, especially for early childhood members.

    19 Jul 2019
  • Rally against offshore detention

    Next week marks six years since Australia's cruel offshore detention regime restarted, and thousands of Australians plan to take to the streets to protest against the policy.

    15 Jul 2019
  • Safe at work survey

    Everyone has a right to a safe workplace and to arrive home at the end of the working day, but that’s not always the reality in Australian workplaces.

    13 Jul 2019
  • Your colleagues' stories

    Our last issue of Newsmonth featured a number of stories featuring the work and impact of support staff members across the industry.

    13 Jul 2019
  • Survey – unpaid overtime

    The IEU is conducting an important support staff survey of to find out how many unpaid hours school support staff are performing.

    13 Jul 2019