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

  • Where is our Enterprise Agreement really at?

    IEU has received many questions from members in Catholic systemic schools on the progress of the current EA discussions with CCER. The Catholic employers have been spreading misinformation on the status of the Agreement and the IEU will clarify what is actually occurring (especially re the dispute over arbitration) through a Facebook Live Q&A event, this Thursday 17 August at 4 pm.

    24 Aug 2017
  • Petitions show strong support for Union

    IEU has received signed petitions from over 300 schools, with more rolling in every day, in support of the Union’s position calling on the “Diocesan Director to resolve all outstanding matters in the proposed NSW and ACT agreement including the right to arbitration.”

    22 Aug 2017
  • NAPLAN online raises members' concerns

    IEU has received numerous concerns from members about the current testing of NAPLAN Online in schools.

    22 Aug 2017
  • Agreement round up

    Your Union has been busy bargaining for much of this year, and we have successfully settled renewed enterprise agreements at several colleges.

    19 Aug 2017
  • Time for change?

    Most employees in Australia come under the aegis of the Fair Work Act 2009, a piece of federal legislation introduced by the Rudd Government, in response to the infamous WorkChoices laws of the late era Howard government.

    19 Aug 2017