Why I think Childcare is so important
“I’ve worked in many preschools and kindergartens in extremely underprivileged areas so I seen how children can benefit by attending day care to learn skills such as how to eat healthy, how to brush their teeth, and language skills.”
Perth grandmother Helen Tuckey believes quality childcare should be part of the health and education system from birth.
“I actually learnt a lot of parenting skills through childcare. My extended family didn’t live close by. Day care can be about relationships and support for parents. My children are now adults, but my daughter had two day care best friends as bridesmaids at her wedding.”
Helen spent years performing as a musician in day care centres, preschools and kindergartens, including in very underprivileged and regional areas of Western Australia.
“I feel that many children would benefit by attending day care to learn skills such as brushing teeth as well as receiving dietary support, language skills and health diagnoses. This early intervention and support benefits society as a whole for example what is the cost of a toothbrush compared to dental intervention later.”
Helen is calling for men to become more involved in the childcare decision making so there is greater community interest.
She also wants workplaces to offer childcare as a salary-package option.
“Childcare should not be seen purely as an issue for mothers; if more parents budgeted together for childcare as a couple and decide about childcare as a couple and if more men were involved in the childcare decision-making processes, there would be a greater broader community interest In quality child-care”
She says parents need to know their children are safe and thriving and says ‘cheap’ childcare is a mistake.
“We need optimal carer ratios for babies and toddlers and a seamless but flexible integration across into kindergarten and pre-school.”