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0:06 In my experience of 34 years, I think it’s very important that we get the children to
0:11 go to kindy.
0:25 I used to make the children feel more at home. They called me
0:28 “Nan”, or “Aunty”. But that’s why I got on so well. I had a little girl, she was always
0:35 in the dolly corner. And I said to her one day: “Amy, you are always playing, can’t you
0:39 come and play?” and she said: “No”. And I ran into her grandmother about two years ago
0:45 and her grandmother said: “Remember Amy, that wanted to be a doctor? She’s now a doctor!”
0:50 It made me so proud. And I had a footballer, Johnathan Thurston,
0:55 he came there, he wanted to be a footballer, he’s a footballer, a big name footballer.
1:01 Jharal Yow Yeh, a big time footballer. You know, children that came to kindy makes me
1:06 real proud, they got somewhere. Parents, when you’re out looking to send your
1:10 children to a kindy, look for the “kindy tick”. They’re qualified teachers, they give good
1:16 education, and everything there to offer your child. It’s quite affordable fees – so just
1:23 make sure you look for that tick because I’m sure that tick will be on a lot of kindies.
1:29 They learn to share, they learn to play, sing, dance, learn to cuddle, running, playing.
1:38 And it’s beautiful by the end of the term that they finish kindy, then going up to prep,
1:44 they’ve learnt all that in 12 months. Oh yes, kindy is the best start in life, yes.
1:49 What the government can offer is wonderful, there should be no excuses for our people,
1:54 of all mothers and fathers to send their kids off to kindy. It’s there for them and it’s
2:00 the most important thing, it’s education. You can’t get anywhere without education.
2:06 Because it’s important for our little people, they’re our future. And if they don’t get
2:12 that it’s so sad to see, you know, where they’re going to go.
2:16 Just remember, it is so important to get your children to go to kindy, that’s the main step
2:24 in their life of going on to main stream school. Learning to mix and do all those sort of things.
In the first years of a child’s life, their family are their first teachers. This is why having parents and families involved in the kindy community makes the best experience for little ones.
Before kids start school, there is the opportunity to send little ones to kindy programs to give them new learning experiences and help get them ready for starting school.
When parents and caregivers get involved in their child’s kindy experience, they help their child feel happy to learn and proud of their efforts. Getting involved creates a strong community to help little ones learn and grow up strong.
When you talk to your early childhood educators and get involved in the kindy community, you can make sure your kids have the best go.
Getting to know your local early childhood educators can make you feel safe and can help you understand what your kids are learning. They can also give you updates on how your child is going during the year.
You can show little ones that you are proud of them being involved by talking to them about what they do at kindy. Families are a kid’s first teachers so showing them that you are a part of their kindy community will make little ones excited to go.