Supporting the independent education community

Early childhood

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 (Karuna Montessori Preschool) - Sydney area
  • Marie Jacobsen (Leeton Preschool) -  Wagga/Albury
  • Lyn Connors - Hunter/Newcastle
  • Maria Whitcher (Kiama Preschool) - South Coast
  • 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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    Want to win a $50 gift voucher? IEU wants to know what we do well and what should we be doing more of? We want to hear from you.

    08 Jun 2017
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    …and nail that that job!

    08 Jun 2017
  • Steps to Success event

    It’s that time of year again! IEU is hosting a free seminar - Steps to Success. It’s the best event for preservice teachers to find out what you need to know to make sure you get that job.

    08 Jun 2017
  • Expressions of Interest – NESA Board Curriculum Committee – Creative Arts K-6 Syllabus

    The IEU welcomes expressions of interest from members who would like to represent the Union on the new NESA Board Curriculum Committee developing the NSW Creative Arts K–6 Syllabus.

    26 May 2017
  • PD update

    Our program of Professional Development for 2017 is up and running and successfully providing both NESA registered and non registered PD to members.

    23 May 2017