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

  • IEU welcomes removal of NAPLAN/HSC link

    The IEU has cautiously welcomed the decision by NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to rethink the link between NAPLAN results and the award of the HSC.

    22 Feb 2018
  • Link between NAPLAN and HSC must go

    The IEU calls on NSW Education Minister Rob Stokes to rethink the link between NAPLAN results and the awarding of the Higher School Certificate (HSC),

    20 Feb 2018
  • Christian schools Enterprise Agreement bargaining video update

    IEUA NSW/ACT Branch Secretary John Quessy informs members that the Christian schools Enterprise Agreement is underway for teachers in about 50 NSW Christian schools, but members are not happy with some of the proposals.

    20 Feb 2018
  • Having problems with NESA

    Members have reported a range of issues with NESA’s new eTAMs system. NESA is aware of the technical issues, is working to fix them and have provided the following advice to the IEU.

    20 Feb 2018
  • Leave loading mess – check your pay

    Members employed by Sydney Catholic Schools need to check their pay

    20 Feb 2018