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

  • Principal focus: Frank Pitt

    Retiring after a decade as principal of a Catholic secondary school, Frank Pitt reflects on his 42 years in education.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) and early childhood services

    Yesterday we wrote to a number of large ECS employers KU, SDN, Uniting, Goodstart, requesting information on how they are dealing with the Covid 19 Virus. Today we received a reply from KU.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus advice for Catholic systemic schools

    This advice only applies to employees working in Diocesan Catholic Education/Schools Offices (CEOs). The union has received a response from Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) on behalf of Catholic systemic schools across NSW and ACT in relation to the impact of coronavirus on employees.

    12 Mar 2020
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19) and employee entitlements

    The union has been in discussions with major NSW and ACT school employer organisations concerning entitlements of employees who are unable to attend work as a result of the coronavirus.

    10 Mar 2020
  • ACTU statement on Coronavirus and proposed stimulus

    Statement from ACTU Secretary Sally McManus. There are 3.3 Million Australian workers with no access to paid leave. These are the people who face the greatest health and economic risks from the spread of the Coronavirus.

    05 Mar 2020