For families in regional Australia, accessing quality, affordable early childhood education and care can feel like navigating a maze. Long waiting lists, limited options, and financial constraints create a major barrier to parents pursuing education, and careers, and contributing to their communities. But fear not, advocates! Here are some practical resources and actions to help you champion better options in your region:

Gather the facts:

  • Know your numbers: Start by understanding the landscape in your area. Gather information on available services, costs, and waiting list lengths.
  • Speak to families and providers: Conduct surveys, hold community forums, and connect with parents and educators to understand their specific experiences, challenges, and needs.

Raise awareness:

  • Share your stories: Personal narratives are powerful tools. Share your own experience or those of families you know who struggle with access to early childhood education and care services. Use social media, local media outlets, and community events to spread the word.
  • Organise events and campaigns: Host information sessions, petition drives, or awareness campaigns to bring the issue to the attention of local decision-makers and the wider community.

Take action:

  • Connect with advocacy groups: Join forces with like-minded organisations and peak bodies. They can offer resources, training, and support for advocacy efforts.
  • Contact your local representatives: Make your voice heard by writing to your local council, Member of Parliament, and any relevant government ministers. Clearly voice your concerns and propose solutions you believe would improve regional offerings of early childhood and school-age care. 
  • Get involved in decision-making processes: Attend public hearings, participate in council meetings, and join advisory groups related to early childhood and school-age care in your area. Make sure your community’s needs are represented.


  • Be collaborative: Building partnerships with other community groups, businesses, and government agencies can amplify your voice and lead to more sustainable solutions.
  • Be persistent: Advocacy is a marathon, not a sprint. Stay informed, and engaged, and continue to raise awareness until change happens.
  • Celebrate your successes: Acknowledge and share the progress you make, no matter how big or small. Each step forward brings us closer to a brighter future for regional children and families.

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By working together, we can ensure every child in regional Queensland has access to the quality education and care they deserve, paving the way for a more prosperous and equitable future for all. Let’s start advocating today!