National Children’s Week Saturday 19 – Sunday 27 October 2019

Children's week logo. Children jumping in front of the globe.

Children’s Week™ is a national celebration of children’s rights, talents and citizenship. In Australia it is held around Universal Children’s Day which is the fourth Wednesday of October. Universal Children’s Day calls society to a greater response to the plight of children around the world and to consider conditions in Australia which affect the lives and future of our own children.

Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities. Children and their families around the country can get involved in activities and events through the participation of schools, playgroups, childcare, kindergartens, cultural groups, libraries, departments and community groups.

Children’s Week Theme
The permanent theme is “A Caring World Shares”. The way we care for, respect and nurture our children determines our prosperity and happiness. It makes sense that we should actively encourage the views of children, listen to their ideas, and value their insights.

A diverse range of events and activities are organised at national, state and local levels to focus the attention of the wider community on children, their needs and achievements.

The Children’s Week Council works to:
• focus national and local attention and awareness on rights, needs and accomplishments of children in Australia
• promote the active involvement of children and consultation with children in planning and implementation of children’s services and activities
• encourage and support the widest possible participation of all states and territories in Children’s Week, ensuring that programs and activities are open to children of all races, colour, sex, ability, religion, nationality or social origin.

Child laughing and running under a water sprinkler.
Photo by MI PHAM on Unsplash

Posters to print
A great range of colourful posters is available to print and give ideas to help you plan your displays and activities including:
A Child’s Right to be Healthy Poster
A Child’s Right to Discover Poster
A Child’s Right to be Safe Poster
A Child’s Right to Speak Poster
A Child’s Right to Play Poster
Rights of the Child Poster
National Poster

What is your library doing to celebrate National Children’s Week?