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

  • Known member access issue

    We are currently experiencing member access issues to our website, affecting a small number of members by preventing them from signing in. This is a known issue and is in the process of being rectified. Affected members are advised to read this article for information on how to contact the union with enquiries.

    24 Jan 2020
  • Bushfire support for learning communities

    Early learning services and schools can play a critical role in supporting communities to respond and recover from the bushfire crisis, whether they have been directly or indirectly affected by the fires. While the physical impact of the bushfire crisis is obvious, the mental health impact may not be. An online resource pack has been developed to support educators in looking after themselves and the children and young people in their care as they return from holidays.

    24 Jan 2020
  • Bushfire support: Helplines, support and information

    The IEU has compiled a list of services and resources available to people affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster. This list is not exhaustive, and further information may continue to be added if appropriate.

    22 Jan 2020
  • Government announces mental health support for bushfire affected communities

    Children attending child care and students in bushfire-declared communities will receive additional mental health support, according to Minister for Education Dan Tehan.

    21 Jan 2020
  • Bushfire disaster - share your experience and suggestions

    We are collecting information and stories from members who have been either directly, or indirectly, affected by the ongoing bushfire disaster. These stories and anecdotes, with your permission, may be included in the upcoming edition of Newsmonth, and in ongoing negotiations with employers.

    16 Jan 2020