Educators seek more pay

EARLY childhood teacher Alicia Loueizi of Orange Grove has taken a stand for subsidised wages, as she made her voice heard at the national rally on Saturday.

Early childhood educators around the country joined forces at the Big Steps rally at Hyde Park.

Mrs Loueizi and her year-old daughter Milana were among 2000 people at the rally.

Supporters signed a petition addressed to the Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Treasurer Wayne Swan.

There was also a chance for children and adults to paint their own banners and show them off in the pram parade around Hyde Park.

Mrs Loueizi is an assistant director of a long daycare centre.

She said she wanted to support the rally because she wanted to become an advocate for her sector.

"I think it's an important time for early childhood educators to speak up about our industry," she said. "It's also a time for society to recognise us as professionals rather than babysitters."

Natalie Brcic from Kookaburra Kids Club childcare centre in Prestons said it was time early childhood educators received the recognition they deserved.

"It needs to be made [known] that what we do is important," she said.

"What don't just look after the child, we do and offer a lot more."

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