Children's Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia around the world in October each year. This year it is October 19 to 28.
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.
Designated by the nations of the world, Universal Children's Day calls society to a greater response to the plight of many millions of children around the world who are denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and the education to develop their capacities. It also calls on us in Australia to consider those conditions in society which affect the lives and future of our own children.
The theme of 2018 Children’s Week is “Children’s Views and Opinions are Respected” based on article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Rights’ are things that every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about the rights in terms of what is best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.
At Macquarie Hills Community Preschool, children are encouraged to and enjoy sharing their views and opinions. Our children make choices and decisions effecting all aspects of the program. Learning associated with building cultural competence has incorporated sharing stories, ideas and opinions and respecting the rights of others to do this also using our Yarning Circle.