Labor-endorsed candidate for Bendigo, Lisa Chesters, will be proud to join childcare educators, parents and supporters from communities across Victoria in a historic rally on Saturday, November 17 to save quality childcare from a crisis threatening the future of our kids.
Major rallies will be taking place at the same time in every state capital in the country, in the biggest show of support for embattled childcare educators ever seen in Australia. Bendigo childcare educators, parents and supporters will board a bus at the Bendigo train station early on Saturday morning and make their way to Melbourne - and Ms Chesters will be amongst them.
“The industry is in crisis with a third of educators leaving the sector every year and I have no doubt the figures are no different in Bendigo,” said Ms Chesters
“High staff turnover puts the intellectual, emotional and social development of our children at risk. We know from research that 90 percent of a child’s brain development occurs before the age of five. That is why maintaining a stable, highly skilled and paid childcare educators workforce is vital.
“I support the call from parents, educators and the sector for professional wages, without slugging parents, for the professional work our dedicated childcare educators do.
“Earlier this year, Prime Minister Julia Gillard met educators to discuss reforms to our broken childcare funding system, telling them: ‘We do want childcare workers to be valued.’”
Ms Chesters said “Labor has a strong track record of investing in early childhood education. Only Labor can be trusted to invest in the crucial early childhood education and care services that Australian families need and deserve. ”
Childcare educators and parents will be converging on Parliament House at 11am on November 17, followed by a family fun day in Treasury Gardens. A press conference will be held at 11.45am at Treasury Gardens Lawn 4, Spring St and Wellington Parade. For Bendigo Media contact Lisa Chesters 0425 755 929.