TO mother Carly Quinn, 18-month-old Georgia is the most precious thing in the world.

She was at Apex Park on Saturday throwing her support behind National Big Steps Day and the child care educators she trusts with Georgia's early childhood education week after week.

"I always thought day care workers were underpaid," Ms Quinn said.

Heading back to work just before Georgia turned one, Ms Quinn said she had seen the difference being in child care had made for her daughter.

She said it was not reasonable to put the burden on increasing child care educators' wages on parents, as many would not be able to afford increased fees.

"The government needs to increase funding and start treating day care as a part of the education program."

Ms Quinn said the move would not only help child care educators but employment figures as well.

"The government wants women to get back in to the workforce but without day care we can't."

"I wouldn't go back in to the workforce for $18 an hour."

Saturday was National Big Steps Day, with events across the country calling for the government to fix the child care crisis.

The Big Steps in early childhood education campaign was set up to provide a solution to the the low wages offered in the industry, cap fees and increase wages.

In Gladstone childcare workers and parents gathered to raise awareness of the campaign and were calling once again for professional wages for educators.

United Voice Queensland secretary Gary Bullock said they had been calling on the Federal Government to provide funding for an industry in crisis.

"Here in Queensland we've presented a petition to Treasurer Wayne Swan with 11,500 signatures calling on the government to allocate $1.4 billion in funding to get the sector back on track," Mr Bullock said.

"November 17th is our biggest event yet and we are now calling on the government to take immediate action and make the issue of childcare reform, including an overhaul of wages a top priority."



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