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

  • Stronger work health and safety measures are required ahead of return to work

    The ACTU has renewed calls for stronger workplace health and safety laws to be put in place before the mass return to work after COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.

    06 May 2020
  • Taking the temperature – IEU workplace checkup survey

    More than 2300 members have already filled out the IEU survey on COVID-19 work health and safety compliance in their workplace. Please take the opportunity to fill out the survey and help the union get a comprehensive understanding of the situation in your school or centre.

    06 May 2020
  • Return to school - information for members

    With the increasing return of students back to school, the IEU believes that work health and safety requirements must be in place for students and staff at all schools. Please fill out our survey about work health and safety measures in place in school, so the IEU can get a picture of whether our members are safe, and act to rectify any issues.

    06 May 2020
  • Early childhood: JobKeeper and keeping healthy

    Early childhood services have been declared an essential service, like schools, and therefore need to ensure they stay open during this time unless they have been closed by the Department of Health. This article is from the latest edition of Newsmonth, available online and making its way to members now.

    04 May 2020
  • Why the coronavirus is a crisis for women

    Women comprise more than 76% of IEU membership and more than 70% of workers in the health and care sectors globally. This is an article from the latest edition of Newsmonth, making its way to members now, and available for immediate reading online.

    04 May 2020