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

  • Conferences success

    In the last two weeks, the IEU has proudly hosted both our Early Childhood and Support Staff conferences, with great success.

    16 Sep 2019
  • Universal access funding review

    A review is being conducted by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) into the Universal Access funding that supports children’s participation in 600 hours of preschool education in the year before school.

    09 Sep 2019
  • 20 September global climate strike

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch has passed a motion of solidarity with students and workers attending the 20 September climate strikes, and suggest potential options for school staff looking for ways to participate.

    09 Sep 2019
  • Chinese students

    Recently, the media has been full of stories regarding the role of international students in the education sector, particularly in the light of the ongoing unrest in Hong Kong.

    08 Sep 2019
  • Legal matters

    In recent months, there have been some significant improvements to the prevailing modern award, the Educational Services (Post-Secondary Education) Award 2010.

    08 Sep 2019