Launching Children’s Week Across Victoria

The Andrews Labor Government is supporting Children’s Week celebrations across Victoria with dozens of fun, educational and free activities and events for local communities.

Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos today visited the Collingwood Toy Library in Abbottsford to help kick off 2017 Children’s Week festivities.

The Collingwood Toy Library is holding a Play, Imagine, Grow event where local families can take part in a creative workshop with local author and illustrator Tai Snaith, as well as enjoying play sessions and board games.

Children’s Week runs from 21 to 29 October and will see thousands of Victorian children participate in events and activities organised by early childhood services, playgroups, cultural groups, libraries and councils across the state.

Up to 69 organisations will share in more than $55,000 in grants to support events including music and dance workshops, art and craft activities, entertainment, exhibitions, guided walks, storytelling, children’s fairs and more.

These events are free for families with children up to 12 years of age and are a great opportunity for families to enjoy a fun, engaging and educational experience.

This year’s theme for Children’s Week recognises the power of education to transform a child’s life.

The Labor Government is now delivering its $202.1 million Education State Early Childhood Reform Plan, which recognises the importance of providing families with strong support in early childhood so kids are ready for kinder, ready for school and ready for life.

For more information on what is going on near you for Children’s Week 2017 go to www.education.vic.gov.au/about/events/Pages/childrensweek.aspx

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos

“Children’s Week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate and develop the talents, skills and achievements of Victorian children.”

“We want to make Children’s Week 2017 one to remember, which is why we’re helping local councils and organisations host free activities.”