One in five Australian kids disadvantaged when start school
“I can only say that we put children last, she said.
“We don’t care enough about children and I know people will be very shocked to think that because we have a very romantic idea of how much we love children, and I do love children and I have worked with children pretty much my whole life since I was 16.
“I find it shocking at this stage of Australia’s development that we are not investing and encouraging business partners to invest in early learning,
Ms McCarthy said she had witnessed first hand the setback children faced when they did not participate in early learning and said there was no simple way to solve the issue.
“It is certainly about money and investment, but it is also about culture” she said.
“There is a very big cultural thing that we have not yet shifted about the rights of children to early learning.
“I think some people feel when I say that that there is something wrong with their family and there is not, there is nothing wrong with their family, it’s just that we as a community need to give children every chance from the day they are born.
“If this campaign can get into every playgroup and dinner conversation, if we can get this campaign circulating around Australia I think we will have a much better chance,
Ms McCarthy said cultural approval and a more transparent government payment system was needed.
“Clarity and simplicity around the government’s payment systems would be a big help, flexibility in terms of payment, she said.
“There is still the bottom line that it is expensive, but it is not so expensive that we can’t afford to do it,
Where Queensland sits
In Queensland, more than a quarter of children were considered “developmentally vulnerable” in one or more areas in their first year of schooling, higher than the national average.
Queensland lagged behind most other states when it came to social competence, emotional maturity, language and cognitive skills, physical health and communication skills and general knowledge.
However Queensland’s participation rate had dramatically improved, with 95 per cent of children enrolled in a preschool program for at least 15 hours a week compared to 29 per cent in 2008.
Brisbane mum Liz Howes, 37, sent soccer cleats cheap all three of her young daughters to preschool facilities and said it was obvious the difference early learning made.
“They separate from me better, I kiss them goodbye and they leave, they are not hugging onto me crying.
“They kids soccer shoes are more empathetic, they are more resilient and so far as knowledge and learning and education goes, they are used to sitting quietly, following instructions,
Former Governor General Quentin Bryce said early learning needed to extend to children as young as three.
“We all talk about children being our greatest asset, how important they are to us, how much they matter, she said.
“We have to work to translate that into soccer cleats cheap reality to see that every Australian child has the best we have to give, every opportunity to develop best of every aspect of their potential, we owe it to them.
“Queensland was behind and I think we are very proud of the progress that is being made in Queensland in early learning opportunities for four year olds, but there is still soccer cleats cheap work to be done.