November 12, 2012

YOU'RE INVITED TO NATIONAL BIG STEPS DAY

NBSD_Logo_2.jpgFree family fun day to celebrate and support quality childcare
Saturday 17 November, 10.30am-1.30pm - Sydney

Families, parents, friends, supporters and childcare educators from across NSW are invited to enjoy free fun and entertainment and to show their support for quality childcare at the first National Big Steps Day on Saturday 17 November.

Thousands of people from communities across NSW will converge on Sydney’s Hyde Park in an historic bid to save quality childcare from a crisis threatening the future of our kids.

Some will be coming by bus, including from Wollongong and Kempsey. Others are coming by train. The free fun and entertainment for young children will include:

  • Rhys Muldoon, Play School presenter, musician and children’s author
  • Aunty Wendy’s Mob, Indigenous children’s songs
  • Wild Aussies Water World, puppet, dance and music show about Australian endangered animals
  • Batucada Brasil, Latin American dance and drums
  • African Beat, African drums and massive drumming class
  • Mr Incredibubble
  • Kool Jarjums Dancers, performed by Weave Kool Kids Club
  • Tony the Magician
  • Face painting
  • Arts and crafts stalls
  • Children’s book readings
  • Sports Fundamentals soccer and basketball
  • Yoga Bubs
  • Camel Caravan stilt walkers
  • Pram parade

NBSD_Poster_Web.jpgSimilar events will be held on the day in all capital cities to support the critical work of childcare educators.

National Big Steps Day is part of the Big Steps campaign for high quality childcare through government-funded professional pay for educators with a funding system that works for every child, parent and educator.

The historic community-based events will be the biggest show of support for embattled early childhood educators ever seen in Australia.

“Research shows early childhood is the most crucial time in the education of children and that they need to forge bonds with their educators in order to get the best start in life,” says Mark Boyd, NSW Branch Secretary of United Voice, the Early Childhood Union.

“But every week in Australia miserable wages force 180 educators out of jobs they love, putting the intellectual, emotional and social development of children at risk. It’s incredibly distressing to children to be torn away from educators they have come to love and trust – often repeatedly.

“The Federal Government has introduced much-needed reforms in the childcare sector but the success of these reforms depends on a qualified, committed workforce to implement them. The government needs to back them up with professional wages so educators feel valued and can afford to stay in this job.

“That’s why so many parents across NSW are coming together to insist the Federal Government steps in and funds professional wages for the professional work of our dedicated childcare educators, guaranteeing quality childcare without slugging parents,” Mark Boyd says.

National Big Steps Day – free family fun AND a chance to stand up for quality childcare.

When: 10.30am–1.30pm SATURDAY 17 November

Where: Hyde Park North – near the Archibald Fountain, Sydney

More information - including program at bigsteps.org.au

Contact - 0425 242 691

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