Supporting the independent education community

Early childhood

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

  • Happy World Teachers’ Day!

    In Australia we will be celebrating World Teachers’ Day on 26 October 2018. It’s a time we encourage teachers and the community to toast the skills and commitment of teachers everywhere.

    17 Oct 2018
  • Got your accreditation hours?

    The IEU can help with that. Our early childhood members have access to free NESA registered online PD through Teacher Learning Network (TLN).

    17 Oct 2018
  • Benefits for all children

    While it is well understood that children from disadvantaged background benefit form early childhood education, we should realise it benefits all children.

    17 Oct 2018
  • Should education be big business?

    Some early education centres have been offering incentives such as free ipads and cheap holidays to entice parents to enrol their children at their service.

    17 Oct 2018
  • Don’t forget teachers

    You’ve been saying it for years and it seems governments are finally listening. Federal Labor has committed to a $1.75 billion program of preschool education for three year olds if elected.

    17 Oct 2018