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

  • Careers that matter

    Celebrate Education Support Staff Day at your school on 14 June! The IEU and New Zealand education union NZEI TE RIU ROA have joined forces to mark this significant annual event.

    04 May 2017
  • Budget cuts

    The IEU is yet to see a detailed breakdown of the new funding arrangements announced in the 9 May Federal Budget, and Secretary John Quessy said the Union must be consulted first about any changes impacting schools.

    04 May 2017
  • Environment Grants now open!

    IEU members are invited to apply on behalf of their schools, colleges or early childhood centres for one of five Environment Grants of $3000 each, sponsored by Teachers Mutual Bank, to help with your environmental projects.

    26 Apr 2017
  • IEU Lismore office closed

    The IEU’s Lismore office is currently closed due to extensive flooding in the region. Members are advised to contact the IEU's head office on toll free number 1800 467 943, or 82028900 for assistance.

    03 Apr 2017
  • IEU Reps Update : Catholic Systemic Schools

    At the meeting of 18 March 2017 IEU Council authorised the calling of protected industrial action including part and full day stop work action, on a diocese by diocese basis.

    24 Mar 2017