Early Learning Matters 2022

Early Learning Matters 2022:
Learning Through Play

Early Learning Matters Week is a celebration of the importance of education for the under-fives. For 2022 it runs from Monday October 17th to Friday October 21st.

Early Childhood Australia are the organisers of Early Learning Matters Week. The initial concept originated in 2018 and the objective at the time was to better inform political decision-makers about the benefits of high-quality early education. Parliamentarians were encouraged to show their support by visiting their local early learning settings. Since then the concept has expanded to encourage all Australians to raise their awareness and understanding of the role of early education in a child's development, and also to recognise the role educators and services play in supporting families and building our society.

How to participate in Early Learning Matters Week?

Care For Kids offer these suggestions:

  1. Educators and centre managers can share examples of what high quality early learning looks like at their service on social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and on the Early Learning Matters Week Facebook page - using the hashtags #EarlyLearningMatters and #EarlyLearningMattersWeek.
  2. Educators can post messages explaining why they’re passionate about the work they do in the early education and care sector, and why early learning matters to them.
  3. Services can host a visit with a local politician or other community leader to show them early learning in action and how it benefits young Australians.
  4. Services can hold an on-site celebration, like a morning tea or dress-up day, to recognise the Week with food and fun.
  5. Educators can also talk to children about what they like about their early learning service and create art that shows the best part of their ECEC day.

If you’re interested in participating, but are stuck on ideas, you can visit www.earlylearningmatters.org.au to see how services have participated in past years.

Here's a video that shows some of the activities from the 2021 Early Learning Matters Week. It was a huge success.

From the Care For Kids website:

Why is it important that parents and extended family get involved with the Week, and how can they do this?

In their first few years, it is vital that children have positive and caring relationships with adults who help them learn, stay safe and be healthy.

Educators, parents and carers can all play an important role in a young child’s development, and this is why it’s important for families to get involved and participate in Early Learning Matters Week.

Parents, grandparents and other extended family can easily share in the Week by:

  • Thanking an educator for the important work they do with young children.
  • Reading and learning more about the importance of early learning. Early Childhood Australia’s blog, The Spoke is a great place to start.
  • Asking their children’s educators how are they’re celebrating Early Learning Matters Week and how can they support them. For example, there might be a cake to make, costume to pack, or social media post to create.