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.

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    10 Feb 2020
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    07 Feb 2020
  • Position vacant: IEU organiser Sydney

    The Union is currently seeking applications for a full time Organiser to be based in one of our Sydney offices (Ultimo or Parramatta).

    07 Feb 2020
  • News release: Helping teachers teach and students learn after bushfire trauma

    Non government school teachers, early childhood teachers and support staff who have experienced bushfire trauma or are teaching students who have been through bushfire trauma will get extra support through an innovative online course provided by their union, the Independent Education Union of Australia (IEUA).

    04 Feb 2020
  • PD calendar for term 1 2020

    We have collated the updated calendar for IEU to facilitate professional development for term 1.

    03 Feb 2020