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

  • Your centre’s TAA

    In late 2017, NESA wrote to single service and linked service of up to 10 centres asking them to nominate NESA as a Teacher Accreditation Authority.

    21 Feb 2018
  • Equal remuneration case

    IEUA’s case for equal remuneration for early childhood teachers comes before the Fair Work Commission in July.

    21 Feb 2018
  • Degree educated teachers are better

    The benefits of degree educated early childhood teachers are being promoted again.

    21 Feb 2018
  • Play based learning success

    Research shows play based learning enhances children’s academic and developmental learning outcomes.

    21 Feb 2018
  • Help for refugee children

    Refugee and asylum seeker children will now have better access to early childhood education in Queensland...

    21 Feb 2018