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

  • Bullying and harassment

    The IEUA is participating in a La Trobe University research project on Teachers’ Experiences of Bullying and Harassment in Australian Schools, following on from a 2018 exploratory survey.

    13 Oct 2019
  • Exploring co-principalship

    Two principal members discuss their roles and experience trialing co-principalship in their school and identify the key actions that ensured the success of the experiment.

    13 Oct 2019
  • Union Shopper specials for October

    Union Shopper have updated their specials for October. Click through the link to access great deals, and sign up for free today if you haven't already.

    09 Oct 2019
  • Education excellence recognised in the 2019 NGS Super Scholarship Awards

    NGS Super has announced the winners of the 2019 NGS Super Scholarship awards, five of whom are from NSW and, of which, four are members of the IEUA NSW/ACT Branch. Congratulations to all worthy recipients.

    09 Oct 2019
  • Professional registration survey

    Academics from University of Sydney are conducting a survey on professional registration for early childhood teachers who work with children in the birth to five years age group.

    08 Oct 2019