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

  • NSW state election

    With an election imminent, and pre-polling already commenced, the IEU has some specific 'asks' of the next NSW Government.

    18 Mar 2019
  • IEU response to Christchurch attack

    The IEU and its members were horrified and appalled at the hate-filled actions of the terrorist gunman in Christchurch.

    18 Mar 2019
  • Change the rules

    The IEU firmly supports the Change the Rules campaign against the industrial framework of the Fair Work Act.

    16 Mar 2019
  • Rep spotlight

    Tim Connors has been the IEU Rep at Insearch Language Centre since 2013, after taking over from long time incumbent Vlad Keremidschieff. Tim has always been a very active rep, being deeply involved in bargaining and assisting any members with individual concerns.

    16 Mar 2019
  • Bargaining in crisis

    For all your Union’s successes in bargaining, the system itself is under great strain. The provisions in the Fair Work Act are premised on reasonable people, acting reasonably, which is probably not a safe assumption in today’s industrial environment.

    16 Mar 2019