About Children’s Week

ABOUT CHILDREN’S WEEK

Children’s Week is an annual event celebrated in Australia held around the fourth Wednesday in October. A diverse range of events and activities are organised at National, State and Local levels to celebrate the rights of children to enjoy childhood and for the wider community to rejoice in their talents, skills and abilities.

The aims of Children’s Week are:
• to heighten community awareness of the needs of children;
• to promote knowledge of services which are available to children and their families;
• to stimulate education in quality child care and child rearing;
• to increase communication between children and adults and to provide opportunities for children and adults to share enjoyable experiences.

WHAT IS THE QUEENSLAND CHILDREN’S WEEK ASSOCIATION INC.?

In 1971 when the Child Care Week Committee (which became Children’s Week Association in 1979) was formed the focus for many of the activities were children in care of the Department of Children’s Service. These children were residing in large residential, family group homes and foster care.

The committee focused on the needs of these children who were not living with their natural parents. This was achieved by holding public seminars on child care related topics where workers were provided with training and opportunities to reflect on their practice. Media coverage was sought to highlight the plight of these needy young children.

Gradually the large residential’s closed down. The Children’s Week Association found itself widening its focus to not only be concerned about children in care of the Department but also children within the general community.

Linkages were formed with such organisations as Brisbane Kids, Creche & Kindergarten Associations Kindergartens, Goodstart Early Learning Centres, Government and Private Child Care Centres, Family Day Care Schemes, Playgroup Association, Neighbourhood Centres, Scout Association, UNICEF, Save the Children Australia,, Church organisations and private and public primary and secondary schools.

The Children’s Week Association, an incorporated body since 1988 co-ordinates a range of activities conducted by these organisations during Children’s Week each year.

The aim of these activities is always to bring to public attention the value and the needs of young children. Organisations are encouraged to conduct a wide range of activities involving children and adults together. We celebrate the uniqueness and importance of children.

WIDER COMMUNITY REFERRAL AND INTEGRATION WITH LOCAL SERVICES.

Presently our organisation has linkages with services that work with children with disabilities, children and families from non-English speaking background and Aboriginal and Islander people.