Early Learning Matters Week raises awareness of the importance of early childhood education and care in children’s development and wellbeing in Australia.
High-quality education and care supports young children to learn and thrive, in cooperation with parents, carers and the wider community. It is a great opportunity to tell our communities how high-quality early education and care supports children to be confident, enthusiastic learners, building a foundation for wellbeing and achievement throughout their lives, and all of this through play-based learning.
Early Learning Matters Week was first staged in 2018, as part of the Early Learning: Everyone Benefits campaign, supported by a coalition of more than 20 early childhood service providers, peak bodies and research and advocacy groups. Initially, the primary purpose of Early Learning Matters Week was to better inform political decision-makers – across the party spectrum and across the nation – about the benefits of early learning. Now, it is exciting to see families and communities get involved in the celebrations helping us spread the word and in understanding the role early learning services play in building our society.
You can find more information about the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Early Learning Matters Week events here.