Children’s Week

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About Children’s Week™

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

Children's Week 2018 is from 19 to 28 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

Children’s Week National Theme 2018 UNCRC Article 12 "Children's views and opinions are respected. They have the right to express those views freely in all matters affecting the child and the right to be heard."

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.

Funding

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

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