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

  • Professional registration survey

    Academics from University of Sydney are conducting a survey on professional registration for early childhood teachers who work with children in the birth to five years age group.

    08 Oct 2019
  • IEU submission to UANP Review

    IEU has made a formal submission to the independent review of the national funding arrangements that support access to quality early childhood education for all children in the year before full time school.

    08 Oct 2019
  • IEU bargaining for better college agreements

    The IEU has been bargaining for new agreements at a range of pathways colleges and schools over the last few months, with major wins coming through the pipelines.

    01 Oct 2019
  • Ensuring Integrity Bill must be rejected

    The Registered Organisations (Ensuring Integrity) Bill currently before the Federal Parliament is bad legislation and bad public policy.

    26 Sep 2019
  • Regional climate strike activities

    While the massive crowds in Sydney and Melbourne dominate headlines, tens of thousands of protesters also took to the streets in more regional centres and towns, demanding action on climate change. The IEU had a contingent at a number of these protests.

    23 Sep 2019