The inaugural National Big Steps Day was celebrated with events right across the country on November 17th.
Here in Queensland, hundreds of early childhood educators and their supporters descended on Queen Street Mall for a free concert with Bananas in Pyjamas. Despite the stormy weather, the event was a huge success.
We started the celebration day by assembling at Kurilpa Park in South Brisbane. Dressed in red and armed with ‘ Big Steps’ balloons, hundreds of parents, educators and children walked to Reddacliff Place for a very special concert.
Before being entertained by Bananas in Pyjamas, local campaign members took to the stage and outlined the importance of ‘Big Steps’. Annette Anderson, a local director spoke of the difficulties associated with retaining staff. Educator Zara Lucker shared her struggles surviving on such a poor wage. While Naomi Murphy, a parent from the Gold Coast called on Julia Gillard to allocate the much needed funding to the childcare sector to help it get back on track.
November 17th was organised to show the government just how much support the campaign has and how important it is to fix the crisis in early childhood education. Thousands of people attended ‘Big Steps’ events right across the country calling for professional wages for educators. There were also events in regional parts of Queensland including Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Gladstone. National Big Steps Day was a big success!