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 - 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

  • IEU joins the Canberra Change the Rules rally

    On Tuesday, Canberra IEU members participated in the rally to Change the Rules as part of a nationwide campaign for workers rights.

    21 Nov 2018
  • Universal Children's Day

    This year's Universal Children's Day has been characterised by an international campaign to 'Go Blue' to promote the universal rights of children and help put an end to their suffering.

    20 Nov 2018
  • 2018 Professional Learning Survey is now open

    The NSW Education Standards Authority has released a survey to capture the experiences and preferences of NSW teachers. The survey is now live and ready for you to have your say.

    19 Nov 2018
  • What does your Union do for you?

    Our short and informative animated video, explaining exactly what it is the IEU can do for you, is live on YouTube right now. It's the perfect message to send to your friends and colleagues who you think should also join the Union.

    16 Nov 2018
  • Kurt Fearnley named 2019 NSW Australian of the Year

    The 37 year old champion athlete, disability advocate and qualified teacher was named the NSW Australian of the Year for 2019 on Monday night.

    14 Nov 2018