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 (Karuna Montessori Preschool) - Sydney area
  • Marie Jacobsen (Leeton Preschool) -  Wagga/Albury
  • Lyn Connors - Hunter/Newcastle
  • Maria Whitcher (Kiama Preschool) - South Coast
  • Ariane Simon (St Stephens Preschool Normanhurst) - Sydney Area 

If you are interesting in representing your area please contact the IEU.

Your workplace news

  • News release: Employers put up roadblocks

    Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT are fighting for their right to take industrial action after the employer created a series of legal roadblocks to the Union's quest to be granted permission to strike by the Fair Work Commission.

    31 Aug 2017
  • IEU release video update after FWC hearing

    ​​​​​Today, IEU Secretary John Quessy informed members on the progress of IEU's application for protect action ballots to the Fair Work Commission through a video message.

    30 Aug 2017
  • MPs visit schools to assess NCCD success

    Yesterday, Meryl Swanson, member for Paterson, and Andrew Giles, Shadow Assistant Minister for Schools, visited two schools in Swanson's electorate: St Peter’s Campus of All Saints College in Maitland, NSW and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School in Tarro, NSW.

    30 Aug 2017
  • IEU releases EA update video

    IEU Secretary John Quessy has informed members on the progress of their Enterprise Agreement through a two minute video published on Facebook and YouTube. The move comes ahead of IEU's application for a protected action ballot order to the Fair Work Commission today, 29 August 2017.

    29 Aug 2017
  • Lismore CSO EA: Fact Check

    If you work for the Lismore diocese you will have received this letter from your Catholic Employers. Again, they’ve not told the whole truth.

    28 Aug 2017