Rockhampton has welcomed the Big Steps campaign to deliver professional wages to the early childhood sector. Rockhampton Deputy Mayor, Tony Williams, was there to see the official Mackay launch of the Big Steps TV ad last weekend.
Elfin House Childcare Centre hosted the launch, which included a brunch shared by parents, children, educators and directors.
The ad focuses on the need for professional wages for early childhood educators.
Centre Director, Sheri Murphy, said that educators have great support from parents locally.
“I was really pleased at the turnout for the launch,” she said.
“We need to keep the momentum going and make sure all parents hear our message – that educators deserve professional wages.”
Currently, 180 childcare workers leave the sector every week. Educators are paid just $18.58 per hour.
The TV ad is screening in Rockhampton until September 19th.