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

  • 2020: Welcome back

    Union Secretary Mark Northam welcomes members back from the summer break and acknowledges the devastating impact the ongoing bushfire crisis has had on many school communities.

    03 Feb 2020
  • Grants to reward school sustainability efforts

    Northern Beaches Council has established a grants program worth a total of $10,000 to support local schools to become more sustainable. The Eco Schools Grants program offers $2000 per school to partly or fully fund initiatives in the fields of bush regeneration, carbon reduction, waste reduction, water reuse and reduction as well as sustainability education.

    03 Feb 2020
  • Bushfire crisis - statement and resolutions of the South Coast Labour Council 29 January 2020

    The South Coast Labour Council has adopted a number of resolutions at the first General Meeting of the year in relation to the ongoing bushfire crisis and in particular the continuing humanitarian and economic crisis on the South Coast of NSW. The IEU is an affiliated union of the South Coast Labour Council, and IEU organiser Tina Smith holds the position of president of SCLC.

    30 Jan 2020
  • Coronavirus advice

    The outbreak of the Coronavirus in China unfolding over the last few weeks has raised concerns over its potential transmission. The NSW Government has provided advice for schools as a precautionary measure. These, or similar, measures have been adopted by many Catholic and independent schools.

    29 Jan 2020
  • Member sign-on issue resolved

    A known issue affecting a small number of members, preventing them from being able to sign into their accounts on this website, has been resolved.

    28 Jan 2020