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

  • QLD Update: School strikes suspended to prevent "chaos"

    Teachers and support staff have voted to suspend work bans in 196 Queensland Catholic schools, preventing chaos in classrooms across the state following their employers lockout threat.

    28 Nov 2019
  • NSW/ACT IEU members back Queensland colleagues

    Secretary Mark Northam has expressed the union's support for our Queensland colleagues, 7000 of whom are facing the unprecedented threat of being locked out of their schools as agreement negotiations escalate.

    27 Nov 2019
  • IEU members threatened with lockouts in Queensland Catholic Schools

    Our colleagues in Catholic schools in Queensland have, in response to their current round of industrial action, been threatened by their employer with indefinite lockouts from their workplaces.

    26 Nov 2019
  • International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

    As today is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, the IEU national office has released another ‘IEU Speaks’ which focuses on ILO Convention 190. This Convention has a particular focus on ending workplace harassment and bullying and complements the earlier IEU Speaks which focused on the 16 days of action against gendered violence.

    25 Nov 2019
  • Hunter Workers celebrates 150 years

    Hunter Workers – formerly known as Newcastle Trades Hall Council – is today celebrating 150 years of continuous function, promoting the rights of workers in the Hunter region.

    20 Nov 2019