Children's Week 2015
New South Wales Children’s Week 2015 begins this Saturday, October 24th and Broken Hill’s early childhood education and care sector and child & family services are working together to celebrate the week.
This year’s theme for NSW Children’s Week - ‘Celebrate the Right of Children to Enjoy Childhood’ celebrates 25 years of the UN Rights of the Child by expressing that ‘Children’s Rights Are Human Rights’.
Maari Ma Health Aboriginal Corporation places a lot of emphasis on the early years and works to ensure that all children in the Far West have access to quality programs and services that help children to develop to their full potential.
Early Years Project Leader, Lesley Harvey, says the importance of play in a child’s development can’t be underestimated.
“Play and its role in the learning of children in our community is very important to us and we take every opportunity to promote its worth.
“We promote the value of rich play-based experiences as one of the essential components underpinning the assertion that the foundations of lifelong health are built in early childhood, and children learn through play.
“Working together with other service providers for Children’s Week ensures we have a week full of activities and we encourage all community members to join in and be part of them” she said.
Ms Harvey said the events and activities focus the attention of the wider community on children and what’s important to them.
“There will be examples of language and literacy, play based activities, excursions, Children’s Day in Sturt Park on Wednesday and the annual Reclaim the Night rally on Friday night to celebrate women’s strength and highlight the importance of child safety.
“Children will get to celebrate their own achievements, display their talents and skills and just have good fun” she said.
20th October 2015
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Maari Ma Early Years Project Leader, Lesley Harvey