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

  • Dan Tehan reappointed Minister for Education

    Dan Tehan, Federal Member for Wannon, will retain his portfolio as Minister for Education under Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s newly announced cabinet, in a role that also oversees the early childhood education and care sector.

    28 May 2019
  • Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week

    Yesterday marked National Sorry Day and the beginning of Reconciliation Week. In recognising this, we acknowledge members of the Stolen Generations and support the continued journey of healing for indigenous people in Australia.

    27 May 2019
  • Intergenerational impacts

    New research has demonstrated that quality early childhood education programs can impact life outcomes in ways that span generations.

    27 May 2019
  • Victorian landmark funding commitment

    The Victorian Government has promised the biggest reform to early learning in the states history, with a record $1 billion investment in early childhood education.

    27 May 2019
  • Federal election washup

    The re-election of a Coalition government means a continuance of previous policies, including on the future of the early childhood education sector.

    27 May 2019