Let the children play

THE NSW Government is celebrating the right of every child to play and do the things they love this Children’s Week.

 Children’s Week is held from 21 October to 29 October. This year’s theme is ‘Children have the right to relax, play and take part in activities they enjoy’.

Research shows that access to play and relaxation are important parts of healthy human development. Play shapes the way children interact with the world around them. It enables children to learn new skills, make friends and build self-confidence.

The NSW Government has a range of programs to ensure children have the best start in life. Initiatives include Brighter Beginnings, which contains a comprehensive program to provide four-year-old children with a suite of developmental checks before they start school.

Local councils and communities are also supported in creating world-class play spaces through the NSW Government’s Everyone Can Play program.

Deputy Premier and Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning, Prue Car said the skills and experiences our youngest people gain in their early years lay crucial foundations for learning, wellbeing and success.

“Every child has a right to get the best start in life,” Ms Car said. 

“Early childhood teachers and educators play a crucial part in helping make that possible – through quality play-based learning, tracking important milestones in development and by listening to and laughing with our youngest learners.”

The Children’s Week Council of Australia strongly advocates for and promotes the
United Nations Convention on the Rights of a Child.

For more information about Children’s Week, visit https://childrens-week.org.au/