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

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    What is the evidence that shows the effectiveness of data walls in schools? Under what conditions might data walls be most effective in informing teachers’ decisions and actions to improve learning?

    01 Apr 2019
  • The wages drought

    It’s no secret that wages growth across the whole country over the last few years has been sluggish (at best), with wages barely keeping up with inflation (and sometimes not even doing that).

    26 Mar 2019
  • Inspired by Activists Conference

    Clancy Catholic College IEU Rep Adam Scicluna hasn’t looked back since attending last year’s Activists Conference.

    21 Mar 2019
  • Increasing expert demand for faster wage growth

    An open letter from 124 labour market, employment relations, and labour law researchers was published today in the Australia Financial Review, promoting government action to encourage faster wage growth.

    19 Mar 2019
  • 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