Early education is everyone’s business
There’s so much more opportunities for the young kids today. It’s so important that they get that early childhood learning.
It’d be great to teach these babies; not only that but to mentor those parents. They can yarn with the teachers. They can yarn with the Elders.
We can achieve great things if we work together.
Once you get in there you’ve got people that can help you. You’ve got to do the right things by those kids.
Don’t let that opportunity pass by you.
Because when we look at it we’re looking at the big picture. You have the ability to do anything you want to and with the right support at an early age, we can.
If you’re not sure about it, go in, talk to the teachers, talk to the people around them, sit in the classroom, because our kids need a foundation.
Together we make the early years count. Talk to your local playgroup or kindy to find out more.
Four Elders from the Mackay community are working together to spread an important message about early learning for all children.
Uncle Philip is an Aboriginal Elder who said children have more opportunities today than previous generations, and to make sure that opportunity doesn’t pass you by.
‘We can achieve great things if we work together,’ Uncle Philip said.
Aunty Maud, who is an Australian South Sea Islander Elder, agreed and said there are so many opportunities for the little ones today and the whole community plays a role in that early development.
‘We say a community grow our children, because when we look at it, we’re looking at the big picture,’ Aunty Maud said.
‘It’s so important that they get that early learning.’
Aboriginal and Australian South Sea Islander Elder Aunty Veronica said anyone who isn’t sure about it should go in and yarn with the teachers.
‘We’ve got to make sure that we give them that foundation,’ she said.
Aunty Lesley is a Torres Strait Islander Elder and agreed that once you get in there, there’s support and people who can help.
‘The most important thing is just to get there and see what it’s all about,’ she said.