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

  • CCER oppose IEU stop work action because of “festival”

    CCER executive director Tony Farley and IEU Secretary John Quessy have exchanged letters regarding the Australian Catholic Youth Festival occurring next week, which Farley insists should dissuade IEU from taking stop work action.

    27 Nov 2017
  • Vote NO to the Catholic Employers' "Agreement"

    In an unprecedented action, Catholic employers have circulated a proposed Enterprise Agreement to teachers and staff across all 11 dioceses. Never before, anywhere in the country, have they proposed an agreement that is not endorsed by the Union.

    24 Nov 2017
  • Future of syllabus development needs your help

    We encourage members to engage with the latest NESA survey on syllabus development

    23 Nov 2017
  • IEU receives messages of support

    IEU branches from around the country have sent messages of solidarity to IEU NSW/ACT members as they take industrial action over a dispute with the Catholic Commission of Employee Relations, who are denying Catholic school teachers and support staff the right to arbitration.

    23 Nov 2017
  • Stop press: Vote NO to proposed EA

    As Newsmonth goes to press, employers have circulated their proposed enterprise agreement to Catholic systemic schools.

    22 Nov 2017