My early career was in teaching, writing, producing and directing for theatre, comedy and impro shows. Now I'm a professional creative person. Mostly high-end branding, strategy, writing, editing and digital content creation.
Kindy Counts! That's the message being spread far and wide by the free Say g'day to Jay Kindy Concerts. As a childless singleton who still retains some great memories of my own time at kindy despite some hard partying in my 20s that should have rendered all memories of all things null, I couldn't agree more.
Full disclosure: I'm not one of those ladies with a natural maternal instinct toward children. My maternal urges seem to only really fire up in the presence of domesticated pets (don't judge, don't hate). Plus, I loved my time at kindergarten. So I reckon if I had kids I'd be shipping them straight off to kindy the second they were old enough.
I have, however, been reliably informed by people who have children and love them, that it can be hard to let the little ones go off to kindy. There are tears, tantrums and bad moods – and that's just from the parents.
The Say g'day to Jay Kindy Concerts series is here to show you how fun, beneficial and educational kindy can be for your littlies. As you may have guessed, the performances feature beloved entertainer Jay Laga'aia, who is the Queensland Government kindy ambassador. I don't know if that means there is some kind of kindy embassy out there, but I kind of hope it exists.
The shows' PR says, "Through singing, dancing and music, the concerts share the benefits and fun of kindergarten. Jay will take children and their families on a journey of discovery and wonder, while performing well-known songs as well as a few new ones."
Say g'day to Jay Kindy Concerts are about to tour through South East Queensland. They'll be singing and dancing their way through the Gold Coast, Logan, Kingaroy, Toowoomba, Caboolture and South Bank Parklands in Brisbane from 16 to 23 May. All you need to do is jump online and register for your free tickets.
If you're in Brisbane you can also check out the Say g'day to Jay Kindy Day, a special event held at The Courier-Mail Piazza at the South Bank Parklands on Saturday 23 May. The day will include extra activities and fun, as well as a special evening concert.
You're also encouraged to follow the fun on Facebook, where Jay will be posting live tour updates.