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

  • A final message from Secretary John Quessy

    Outgoing Secretary, John Quessy, writes a final message to members as he steps down from the post he has held for the last seven years.

    31 Oct 2019
  • Members affected by bushfires

    Members who intended to attend a union run online PD session this afternoon that have been affected by bush fire evacuations are advised that the PD session will be recorded by the PD team and made available online as soon as possible.

    29 Oct 2019
  • CSO staff vote to authorise industrial action

    Catholic Schools Office staff in the Maitland-Newcastle Diocese have voted to authorise Protected Action, as their campaign for guaranteed Enterprise Agreement coverage intensifies.

    28 Oct 2019
  • World Teachers' Day

    Most countries around the world celebrate World Teachers’ Day on October 5, when much of Australia is enjoying the school holiday period. Because of this, in Australia, World Teachers’ Day is celebrated on the last Friday of October instead.

    25 Oct 2019
  • The 'Ensuring Integrity' Bill must be stopped

    Members are encouraged to reach out to cross bench senators and demand they block the Morrison government's union busting legislation.

    24 Oct 2019