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

  • Our Union’s position on the Turnbull Government school funding model

    The following statement is the IEU NSW/ACT position on school funding.

    12 May 2017
  • IEU helps ensure May Day March a big success

    The IEU welcomed members and comrades to commemorate the annual May Day celebrations in Sydney over the weekend.

    09 May 2017
  • Dot joins them up

    Hunter Valley school secretary Dot Seamer has taken on the role of Union Rep, and is encouraging all support staff to join the Union.

    04 May 2017
  • Industrial update for support staff

    Agreement negotiations in Catholic systemic schools continue; IEU has received a comprehensive without prejudice response from the Catholic Commission for Employment Relations (CCER) on behalf of the 11 Catholic Dioceses.

    04 May 2017
  • 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