“What if I was to tell you that a game of peek-a-boo could change the world?” asked seven-year-old Molly Wright, one of the youngest-ever TED speakers. She confidently and brilliantly broke down the research-backed ways parents and Educators can support children’s healthy brain development and wellbeing.
Early learning plays an essential role in communities. We believe a childcare centre or kindergarten community plays a role of the ‘village’ in today’s society. For many, services offering early learning support their children’s education and wellbeing, enable families to go to work and fulfil their life commitments with the confidence that their children are being nurtured and flourishing within an engaging and comfortable environment.
At times, the true value and importance of early learning can be overlooked which is why Early Learning Matters Week is a great period of awareness to get behind. Running from 26 – 30 July, 2021, Early Learning Matters Week invites educators, parents, carers and communities to join together to raise awareness of just how vital early learning is for everyone.
A part of raising awareness is to really help people to understand what early learning is all about. And that it certainly is more than just supervising.
Early childhood education is delivered during the most critical period of a child’s brain development, and when it is of a high standard it can make a valuable difference to a child’s future. High-quality early childhood education has been proven to have a notable positive impact on children’s development. This includes socially, cognitively, emotionally and physically, all of which contribute greatly to school readiness.
We encourage every service and community member to get involved this Early Learning Matters Week and share with the world what early learning offers children and society.
The team at Early Learning Matters Week, including the organisers, Early Childhood Australia, have a few ideas to help you participate and get behind this movement:
- use social media to share photos and videos of how you foster children’s learning or support early learning and care services
- use social media to post a message about why early learning matters to you (don’t forget to use the hashtags #EarlyLearningMatters and #EarlyLearningMattersWeek
- invite your local member of parliament or other community leaders to spend time at your service
- encourage families to participate in ELM activities and share messages, photos and videos
- talk to educators and teachers about early learning in your family or your community.
- share the ELM Week poster about early learning with parents and carers
Together we can continue to raise the profile of early childhood education and show communities the powerful and positive impact of high-quality early learning experiences.
Let’s inspire each other by posting images and videos HERE.
Don’t forget to use these hashtags to show your support: #EarlyLearningMatters and #EarlyLearningMattersWeek