Early Learning Matters 2023: Learning through connection

Early Learning Matters Week is back for its sixth year from 24-28 July 2023. This year’s theme is ‘Learning through connection’. To read more about the theme, click here.

Children have been learning through their connection to community and place on this land for over 60,000 years. During Early Learning Matters Week this year we are celebrating this connection and the ongoing connection that is fostered in early learning settings across the country.

Organised by Early Childhood Australia, the Early Learning Matters Week brings together early childhood educators, parents, carers and community leaders around Australia to raise awareness and understanding of the importance of early learning and the difference the profession makes.

Early Learning Matters Week aims to recognise and raise the profile of early childhood education and care in children’s development and wellbeing in Australia.

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.

High-quality, play-based education and care supports young children to learn and thrive, with support from parents, carers and the wider community.

We can’t wait to see the activities that services will have in store to promote the importance of early learning during the Early Learning Matters Week.

Early Learning Matters Week first started 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, we have expanded our horizons to include families and communities in Early Learning Matters Week, in recognition of the role early learning services play in supporting families and building our society.

Early Learning Matters Week 2022 was huge success! You can find more information about the 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022 Early Learning Matters Week events here.

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