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

  • A statement to the NSW Minister For Education from the education community

    This meeting of parent, principal and teacher organisations from NSW Independent, Catholic and Public school sectors, calls on the NSW Minister for Education to be informed by our unanimous and firmly-held position.

    03 Dec 2017
  • Letter to Catholic school parents

    A letter has been distributed to parents in Catholic schools regarding the forthcoming strike action being taken by Catholic school staff.

    01 Dec 2017
  • Take action now

    Send an email to your Federal MP demanding that the Fair Work Act be amended to provide for the arbitration of disputes referred by either part to the dispute and tell your story of why it matters to you.

    01 Dec 2017
  • News release: Catholic teachers escalate strike action

    Thousands of Catholic school teachers and support staff across NSW and the ACT will stop work on Monday, 4 December for four hours in the next round of industrial action to protest Catholic employers’ stubborn refusal to strike a reasonable bargain.

    30 Nov 2017
  • Venues of stop work rallies - 4 December 2017

    Rallies and stop work meetings will be held in the locations listed below.

    29 Nov 2017