Children’s Week

Learn more about Children's Week

About Children’s Week™

Children’s Week™ celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood.

This year Children's Week is from 22 to 30 October.

Objectives

NSW Children’s Week:

  • Raises community awareness of the needs, rights and achievements of children and youth
  • Encourages the community, children’s services, support groups, schools, youth and community groups to plan and conduct events to celebrate childhood and to highlight issues involved in childhood and youth
  • Honours parents and recognises the contribution of carers, workers and teachers in children’s development
  • Encourages individuals, groups and organisations to organise local activities and events that support and involve children and their families
  • Recognises young people who are an example and role model for other young people through the presentation of Awards

Theme

In 2016 the theme for Children’s Week is on Article 17 from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: "Children have the right to reliable information from the media." Children’s Week™ celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. Read more about this year's theme here and a Briefing Information for Early Childhood Educators UNCRC 17 here.

Occurrence

Children’s Week is celebrated in Australia during the fourth week in October every year.

Events

Thousands of children and their families around the country will be involved in activities during Children’s Weekthanks to the participation of schools, childcare centres, play groups, libraries and cultural and community groups.

These events and activities focus the attention of the wider community on children and what’s important to them. Examples include education (in general), language and literacy, health, sport and recreation, the arts, science, as well as children’s cultural, social and emotional needs.

Children get to celebrate their own achievements, display their talents, demonstrate their skills and just have good fun. Families and communities reflect on the lives of children in other parts of the world where safety and freedom are not automatic.

NSW Patron

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d) Governor of New South Wales is the patron of NSW Children’s Week. We are very grateful for his involvement in NSW Children’s Week and his commitment to children’s rights. You can read his message here.

NSW Children’s Week Ambassador

Andrew Johnson, NSW’s first Advocate for Children and Young People, is the official NSW Children’s Week Ambassador. We are very proud of his involvement in NSW Children’s Week and his dedication to children’s rights.

National Patron

The Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove is the patron of the Children’s Week Council of Australia (CWCA). We are very proud of his involvement in Children’s Week and his dedication to children’s rights. You can read his letter of support here.

National Ambassador

The National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell is the National Ambassador Children's Week 2016. You can read her letter of support here.

Funding

NSW Children’s Week receives funding from the Australian Department of Education and Training.

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