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

  • International news

    Australia is lagging behind progress on early childhood education compared to many other countries.

    12 Jul 2017
  • IEU conference: Myth Busters

    This year’s IEU Early Childhood Conference is all about challenging the things we know are wrong.

    12 Jul 2017
  • Members - free NESA registered PD!

    Early childhood members benefit greatly from IEU membership through access to professional development courses through the Teachers Learning Network (TLN). Many of these courses are NESA registered and will count towards the maintenance of your teacher accreditation and provide opportunities to stay on top of current issues in early years education.

    12 Jul 2017
  • Early childhood teachers continue fight for equal remuneration

    Teachers working in the early childhood sector are continuing their fight for equal remuneration with male professionals in other industries.

    07 Jul 2017
  • Temporary reprieve for Malek Fahd

    Malek Fahd Islamic school can continue to function on a temporary basis after an appeal lodged in the Federal Court by the school's new board on 6 July was successful. The court ordered the Government pay the school money owed and to continue monthly funding payments.

    07 Jul 2017