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

  • Understanding and responding to trauma following a natural disaster – advice for early childhood teachers

    Community Early Learning Australia has produced a useful article with advice for dealing with the bushfire trauma, including self care for early childhood teachers and addressing the needs of young children who may have experienced trauma.

    15 Jan 2020
  • Responding to bushfire trauma

    The Union is offering an opportunity to engage with experts in responding to the effects bushfires have on students/children and staff.

    15 Jan 2020
  • Update - NSW schools and early childhood centres affected by bushfires

    The union has been advised by Catholic Education Canberra and Goulburn (CECG) that at least 12 Catholic schools have been affected by bushfire. They are Batehaven, Moruya, Broulee, Bega, Pambula, Bombala, Cooma, Batlow, Adelong. Tumut, Braidwood and Gundagai. Some independent schools and early childhood centres have also been affected, including Scots College, Glengarry campus at Kangaroo Valley.

    14 Jan 2020
  • Information for members affected by the bushfire emergency

    The Union is aware that a number of members have been severely affected by the NSW bush fires, particularly on the South Coast and in the Snowy Mountains and nearby areas. Some IEU members have lost their homes as a result of the bush fires.

    13 Jan 2020
  • How you can help bushfire affected communities

    The national bushfire crisis has brought a bleak start to the new year for many Australians who have had their homes destroyed, family members lost, jobs gone and are experiencing significant dislocation. Many of those on the front line of the crisis are trade union members and their families. The Australian trade union movement stands in solidarity with affected communities.

    08 Jan 2020