This year our National Children’s Week falls from the 19th – 27th October.
Children’s Week is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship held on the fourth Wednesday of October in Australia to coincide with Universal Children’s Day. Each year the theme of Children’s Week highlights a particular Children’s Right.
Universal Children’s Day was created in 1954 to promote friendship and understanding amongst children of the world. The aim of Children’s Week is to unite as many existing children’s events as possible into one incredible week of activities and fun for children and their families.
Diverse activities throughout Australia will show families the abilities, strengths and interests their children have. Schools, playgroups, libraries, shopping centres, Early Learning Centres, cultural and community groups are all encouraged to participate.
The theme for 2019 is – ‘Children have the right to the best health care possible, safe water to drink, nutritious food, a clean and safe environment, and information to help them stay well.’
And isn’t that the truth? For many of us, it is sometimes easy to forget that not all children (even in our Western world) have access to safe play areas, clean drinking water and healthy food options.
We can all help to build communities that enable children to thrive. It is a more affluent societies social responsibility to role model to less fortunate communities how to create healthier environments for our next generation. In our role as Early Childhood Educators, it is our absolute duty to teach tomorrows leaders from a very early age the importance of a healthy body and a healthy environment and how to go about getting both of these!
So how exactly do you plan on celebrating and building a sense of community within your Early Learning setting that embraces all that is this year’s Children’s Week topic?
Some suggestions are:
- An excursion to the park. Once there discussing the gardens and collecting any rubbish.
- Creating an edible herb garden
- Doing experiments with Water Cleansing tablets to highlight to the children the importance of clean water.
- Do a water fundraiser for a rural community school in a drought affected area.
- Inviting a Yoga teacher into your space to conduct a class with parents and children involved.
- Practice what you preach and have a PT run a session for all educators and children to work out together.
- Creating cookbooks for all families that include easy, nutritious and inexpensive meals.
- Bringing ‘stranger danger’ into daily conversations amongst your classroom.
- Embrace culture! Invite your ESL families in to share their language with the classroom through pictures, books and music.
The options are endless!
Want to get involved in Children’s Week?
Children’s Week is run by different organizations in each state and territory and many of these have their own websites. To find out more, check this list http://www.childrensweek.org.au/links.php on the national Children’s Week website.