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

  • Support staff urged to vote NO to employers' EA

    A letter has been distributed to Catholic school support staff explaining why the agreement being offered to them by Catholic employers strips them of their basic working rights.

    08 Dec 2017
  • Robo-marking meets resistance

    A consensus was brokered in recent times regarding robo-marking.

    08 Dec 2017
  • Australian Election Company responds to members' concerns on EA voting

    Members in Catholic systemic schools have reported technical issues as voting commences for a non-Union EA. These concerns were relayed by the Union to the Australian Election Company.

    07 Dec 2017
  • CCER launches blatant attack on the Union

    Letters have been distributed across 11 dioceses in NSW and ACT to Catholic school staff by CSO and CEO directors, blatantly attacking the Union's position and accusing it of spreading mistruths. Already several days into the vote for a new enterprise agreement, the move is a desperate attempt by CCER to sway their members to vote for the agreement, even though it puts all their working and pay conditions at risk.

    07 Dec 2017
  • Those in the know vote NO

    As the Catholic employers' proposed EA goes to the vote today, many members have already contacted the Union informing them of their NO vote. Members recognise that their rights are in peril. They recognise that if they don't prevent this EA from passing through, then they could lose the right to arbitration forever.

    05 Dec 2017