2020 calendar planning – save the date for Early Learning Matters Week
Early Learning Matters Week offers a chance for the Australian early childhood education and care (ECEC) community to showcase what high quality play-based early learning looks like in practice. In 2020, Early Learning Matters Week will commence on Monday 3 August.
Politicians from various tiers of Government are one of the key target groups for the movement, which aims to give policymakers a firsthand glimpse at the true work of early childhood. Given the busy schedules of politicians, Early Childhood Australia, a partner organisation for Early Learning Matters Week, have announced the 2020 dates with sufficient time to contact local, state and federal politicians, and invite them to attend services.
In 2019, during Early Learning Matters Week, educators around the country welcomed more than 50 parliamentarians – including the Prime Minister – to early learning and care services. This gave educators the chance to explain and demonstrate the sophisticated, complex nature of their work with young children.
The hashtag #EarlyLearningMatters is used to promote messages about the importance of play-based early learning and the rights of children to the media and the wider community.
Those who wish to be involved in 2020 may consider hosting a visit by a politician, or highlighting their work to local and online communities. A new Early Learning Matters Week website will launch soon with all the relevant details to encourage involvement, and in the meantime, interest can be expressed via the contact form.