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

  • Why am I temporary?

    In recent months the Union has been contacted by a number of support staff who have been classified as temporary for no good reason.

    12 Nov 2018
  • NSW Government announces additional funding for public schools

    The NSW Government has signed up to the Gonski 2.0 agreement, which they claim will ensure additional funding to schools across the state.

    07 Nov 2018
  • Uluru Statement from the Heart

    A week of action from Sunday 4 November through to Saturday 10 November has been organised by the Northern Territory Branch of the MUA in support of the Statement from the Heart.

    06 Nov 2018
  • ACT's move to amend Discrimination Act supported by IEU

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch has written to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to support his intention to amend the Discrimination Act 1991 to remove exemptions for non government schools in respect to staff and students.

    05 Nov 2018
  • IEU calls for urgent review of NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977

    The IEUA NSW/ACT Branch IEU has written to NSW State Premier Gladys Berejiklian calling for an urgent review of the NSW Anti-Discrimination Act 1977 to protect students and staff in 'private education authorities'.

    05 Nov 2018