About Children’s Week

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

A flyer to spread the word about NSW Children’s Week 2014 will be available soon!

Objectives

Children’s WeekNSW:

    • 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

 

Events

Thousands of children and their families around the country will be involved in activities during Children’s Week thanks 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.

Theme

Each year one Article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child will be highlighted. In 2014 this is Article 12: `The child’s right to speak and be heard’. The general theme “A Caring World Shares’ and the International Year themes may also be incorporated by schools and communities.

Occurrence

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