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

  • Enterprise bargaining in independent schools

    Bargaining continues for new multi-enterprise agreements (MEAs) for teachers and support staff employed in independent schools. Read the latest NewsExtra setting out the IEU's claims.

    23 Apr 2020
  • Schools should reopen - but when and how?

    The NSW Premier, Gladys Berejiklian, has announced the partial reopening of schools by 11 May. But are schools ready to reopen and, as the Prime Minister has claimed, does the education of our children really hang in the balance? IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary, Mark Northam, advises what a safe and orderly transition would look like, and explains what leading education researcher, Professor John Hattie, really has to say about the impact of remote learning.

    21 Apr 2020
  • IEU response to NSW plan to transition back to the classroom in Term 2

    The IEU has noted in a news release and in discussion on ABC Sydney radio today that the NSW Minister for Education, Sarah Mitchell, has given further detail about the government’s intention to introduce a transition to the classroom during Term 2.

    21 Apr 2020
  • Casual teachers and support staff

    Attention: Casual teachers and support staff who are IEU members impacted by COVID-19 can now apply for a fee exemption.

    17 Apr 2020
  • Dear Prime Minister....

    I write to you on behalf of the members of the Independent Education Union of Australia. Since the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis our members have worked hard to ensure the schools played their part in responding to the quickly evolving situation.

    17 Apr 2020