Posted July 2023

Minister for Early Childhood Education, The Hon Dr Anne Aly, kicked off the Early Learning Matters Week celebrations at The Tree House – a Sydney-based service run by KU Children’s Services. Minister Aly spent the afternoon at the early learning service engaging with children and educators to celebrate the importance of early learning.

Early Childhood Australia (ECA) CEO, Ms Samantha Page, said “Early Learning Matters Week provides an opportunity to celebrate and put a spotlight on the wonderful work that early childhood educators and teachers and service leaders are doing to give children the best start to their lives. The world-altering events of the pandemic have illuminated a profound truth: early childhood education and the tireless dedication of educators are irrefutably fundamental to Australian children, families and the economy.”

In its sixth year, Early Learning Matters Week will run from 24-28 July. Early childhood educators, families, politicians and the broader community are set to unite with the shared purpose of raising awareness and understanding of the importance of early learning and the difference the profession makes.

KU Children’s Services CEO Christine Legg, who hosted the visit, added “Early childhood education, led by passionate and highly skilled professionals, provides children with an opportunity to learn and thrive through a high-quality play-based environment, not only from the teachers and educators, but from their peers as well. Elevating our collective voice during Early Learning Matters Week is crucial to influencing decision makers and shaping a discourse around the significance of early childhood education and care.”

Organised by ECA, Early Learning Matters Week is a great opportunity for advocates, of all ages and areas of Australia, to amplify the message that high-quality early childhood education and care supports children to be confident, enthusiastic learners and builds the foundation for wellbeing and achievement throughout their lives. Hundreds of participants across the country have pledged their support, engaging in a myriad of creative ways. To ensure an unforgettable experience, the Early Learning Matters Week website is a treasure trove of resources for all to use. Join the week by following the hashtag #EarlyLearningMatters

Photo (L-R): KU Children’s Services CEO Christine Legg; Minister for Early Childhood Education The Hon Dr Anne Aly MP; Early Childhood Australia CEO Samantha Page.