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

  • Support for schools and early childhood centres during bushfire alert

    Some schools and early childhood services are being significantly impacted by the current bushfire emergency.

    12 Nov 2019
  • Queensland Catholic members endorse protected industrial action

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch expresses solidarity with Queensland IEUA members, as their campaign in Catholic systemic schools escalates.

    06 Nov 2019
  • IEU allies with Clean Up Australia

    The IEU has partnered with Clean Up Australia for 2020, to promote Schools Clean Up Day which will be held on Friday 28 February.

    06 Nov 2019
  • CSO members to take Industrial Action

    IEU members employed in the Catholic Schools Office Maitland-Newcastle have been successful in their application for protected industrial action, and will stop work for 2 hours on Wednesday 20 November. To support the CSO chapter we are asking that all chapters move the following motion.

    05 Nov 2019
  • Important Notification

    An email purporting to be from a member of staff in the Union membership section headed IEUA NSW/ACT BRANCH went out today from about 8.30am to some members (both current and resigned). The word “box” appears in blue at the top of the email and recipients are invited to click on a blue rectangle with the words “Go to File”.

    04 Nov 2019