Early education is everyone’s business

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.

Find your local Early Years Place, playgroup or kindy today.

Published — 22 May 2018 Last updated — 18 March 2019

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