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

  • Inspection Shortcuts

    The IEU has been in discussions with NESA to ensure clarity as to the processes underpinning inspections both random and cyclical. Principals should note that a ‘risk’ approach is now utilised by NESA.

    19 Jul 2017
  • Your concerns

    On behalf of the IEU, we hope that Term 3 has started well for you and your school community. 

    19 Jul 2017
  • Classroom tips

    One of the biggest worries for new teachers is managing the behaviour of students in the classroom.

    19 Jul 2017
  • Passionate about the environment?

    The Australian Curriculum has three cross curriculum priorities. One of these requires teachers to integrate sustainability in a meaningful way into their lessons.

    19 Jul 2017
  • What did you say?

    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.

    19 Jul 2017