Early Childhood Education and Care sector members have vowed to continue the work of Big Steps, in the newly launched Quality Matters.
The Quality Matters Campaign will fight for quality in the sector and will bring positive changes for parents, new centres and the wider community.
Though the name may have changed, the goal has stayed the same.
Quality Matters aims for a sector where professionals deliver high quality education to the nation’s children and staff earn professional wages.
The new stage of the campaign will focus on the stories and experience of the professionals who educate children every day.
Wendy and Sibylla, both Early Childhood Educators and United Voice WA members, attended the relaunch in Sydney.
In a presentation to other WA members, Wendy said she felt ‘Electric, Committed and Inspirational’ during the conference.
“When you entered the room there was a feeling of excited anticipation of what the next two days would bring; a buzz of excitement that increased over the days,” she said.
In her speech Wendy explained the variety of topics discussed by ECEC members from all over the country, including the United Voice submission to the Productivity Commission and the Big Steps Case for equal pay.
“We want the campaign to celebrate our member contribution and experience.”
Wendy also urged fellow United Voice and ECEC members to continue the fight for quality and professional wages.
“If we are not advocates for ourselves, no one else will be,” she said.
“In the past the most important decisions were made about us, for us but not by us.”
“We need your support and we need to stand together to say enough is enough, we are a profession and we need to be recognised and renumerated as such.”
The Quality Matters pledge: “I am committed to high quality early education and care, and ensuring that the focus of educators remains on the development and growth of children.”