Fun And Festivities In Store For 2016 Children’s Week




The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Children’s Week celebrations across Victoria with dozens of family-friendly events for local communities.

Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos today announced that more than 65 organisations will share more than $55,000 in grants to support events that celebrate our youngest Victorians.

These grants will build stronger, more connected communities by bringing families and children together at local events.

Children’s Week runs from 22 to 30 October and will see thousands of Victorian children participate in events and activities organised by early childhood services, local councils, playgroups, libraries and community groups.

Children’s Week is a national celebration that showcases the achievements of our children and young people, and puts the spotlight on their right to learn, to be safe and to grow up happy and healthy. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

The theme for this year’s Children’s Week – Children have the right to reliable information from the media – relates to Article 17 of the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of the Child.

The media plays a central role in shaping how children learn, and making sure kids have access to accurate information is fundamental to shaping how they come to understand the world.

This year’s theme encourages all Victorians to be strong advocates for media that covers material of social, cultural and educational benefit to children.

The Government is making Victoria the Education State – this starts with giving every Victorian child the best start in life.

To get involved or to find local events, go to:

Quotes attributable to Minister for Families and Children Jenny Mikakos

“Children’s Week highlights the rights of all children to be safe and healthy, to play and to enjoy their lives, to learn and to thrive.”

“It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Victoria’s children and what they can achieve, and gives us a chance to reflect on how we can ensure every child reaches their potential.”