Early Learning Matters Week Starts Sunday 5th August

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Early Learning Matters Week starts Sunday 5 August

Make sure you spread the word and support the Week on social media. It’s easy … here’s how …

Australia’s first ever Early Learning Matters Week is happening from 5–12 August. It’s a nation-wide initiative to show how early childhood education supports the wellbeing of children, families and society.  The Week is an initiative of the Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign .

Early childhood services around the country are inviting their local Federal Member of Parliament (MP), or Senator, to visit them during Early Learning Matters Week. Educators are also encouraged to get involved by posting photos of early learning in action on social media.

More than 40 MPs and Senators have responded and are scheduled to visit services between 6–10 August, including: Education Minister, Simon Birmingham; Minister for Defence Industry and Innovation, Christopher Pyne; Minister for Regional Development, Territories and Local Government, Dr John McVeigh; Shadow Early Childhood Minister, Amanda Rishworth; Shadow Education Minister, Tanya Plibersek; Shadow Minister for Families and Social Services, Jenny Macklin; and Greens Early Childhood Spokesperson, Sarah Hanson-Young.

The idea is to give these politicians a first-hand experience of play-based early learning environments and how these nourish children’s development and Australia’s youngest citizens.

There’s four things you can do on social media to support Early Learning Matters Week:

1. Share a photo on social media of your favourite early learning activity, provocation or irresistible experience. See the website for more details on how to do this.

2. Take a photograph outside your early learning service with your team (with the permission of your service) and post it on your own Facebook, Instagram or Twitter page and tag your local MP’s Facebook page with hashtag #EARLYLearningMatters #ELMWeek.

3. Involve children in your service in decorating an area or signage from your service in their own creative ways, or make a collective poster including the words: Early Learning Matters with the children. Take a photo (only include children’s hands or feet, or just show the artwork) and post to social media with #EARLYLearningMatters #ELMWeek.

4. Follow the Early Learning Everyone Benefits Facebook and Twitter  pages and share their posts and messages during Early Learning Matters Week 2018. Don’t forget to use #EARLYLearningMatters or #ELMWeek 
ELAA is an Early Learning Everyone Benefits campaign partner and we encourage all our members and supporters to get behind Early Learning Matters Week.

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