Child care services, families and communities are participating in activities across Australia from 18-26 October to mark National Children’s Week celebrations.
Assistant Minister for Education, the Hon Sussan Ley MP, attended the official opening at Parliament House in Canberra today.
Ms Ley said that the Government is committed to supporting Children’s Week 2014, with this year marking the 25th anniversary of Australia’s commitment to the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of the Child.
“Children’s Week offers a fantastic opportunity for us to reflect on the wellbeing of all children and young people, and to acknowledge the work of the dedicated educators who provide first-class care for Australia’s children,” Ms Ley said.
“The theme of this year’s Children’s Week is the right of children to speak and be heard, and we are dedicated to protecting this right for all young people in Australia.
“We know that education plays a critical role in shaping a child’s future and promoting their right to be active participants on all matters affecting them.”
National Children’s Week is organised by the Children’s Week Council of Australia and is supported by a $45,000 annual grant from the Australian Government Department of Education.
Ms Ley said Children’s Week complements the Australian Government’s broader child care and early learning reforms, such as the Early Years Learning Framework and the Early Learning Languages Australia (ELLA) trial.
“The Australian Government is proud to support this celebration of our youngest learners and I’d like to thank the Children’s Week Council of Australia for their dedication and hard work in bringing this week to life,” Ms Ley said.