Megan's 30-year career working in early childhood education was inspired by one of her own first educators.
“My teacher Mrs Parry was awesome, and I wanted to be just like her one day. I think Mrs Parry absolutely had a significant influence in helping me decide later what I wanted to be."
Now having entered her fourth decade working in long day care and community kindergarten – as well as her seventeenth year alone with Brisbane's Lady Gowrie Child Centre – Megan knows just how important the kindergarten period is for both parents/carers and their kids before starting school.
Megan tells Mamamia that a family's access to suitable kindy services in their local area, largely impact the pathway for a child's smooth transition into Prep.
She also welcomes the recent update that eligible Queensland-based parents and carers now have access to kindy savings under the state government's new Queensland Kindergarten Funding, which commenced 1 Jan 2023.
Whether a child in Queensland attends kindy in a sessional kindergarten or in a long day care, it may be fee-free, or cheaper, if their family is eligible for Kindy Plus or if they receive Family Tax Benefit (FTB).
"It's no secret that the cost of living pressures is affecting families. Having this funding takes pressure off families who want to give their children the best start in life with quality education and care programs.
"They can make their child’s needs and interests a priority and not have to compromise because of their financial situation."
From her experience, Megan tells Mamamia the 5 things she wants every parent to know before their child starts kindy.
1. Educators really work to understand your child's needs
“Kindergarten aged children are very inquisitive and interesting. Every day is a new adventure in the classroom and children have the autonomy and voice to navigate their own learning, however there is also an intentionality in how teachers support learning through play.