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Celebrating Children's Week 2012



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Minister for Early Childhood and Youth

Peter Garrett

Celebrating Children’s Week 2012

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Celebrations are being held Australia this week, recognising the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children for Children’s Week 2012.

The annual national event runs until October 28 and Early Childhood Minister Peter Garrett encouraged everyone to get involved in local activities and events.

“This day celebrates childhood and promotes the welfare of children. We’re pleased to see such a diverse range of events and activities have been organised at national, state and local levels,” Mr Garrett said.

“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.

“Thousands of children and their families around the country are involved in activities and events during this week, through the participation of schools, playgroups, childcare, kindergartens, cultural groups, libraries, departments and community groups.”

The Week is supported by the Children's Week Council of Australia, who ensure that programs and activities are open to all children regardless of race, colour, sex, ability, religion, nationality or social origin.

Mr Garret visited the Auburn Centre for Community for their Children’s Week celebrations today with Reid MP John Murphy.

He said there is a lot to celebrate this year with the Gillard Government making an historic investment of more than $22.3 billion in early childhood education and care over the next four years.

“Every Australian child is entitled to the best possible start in life,” Mr Garrett said.

“Research shows that experiences in the first five years shape future life outcomes and the Government is committed to ensuring that the future is bright for our youngest citizens.”

The Gillard Government’s investment in early childhood education and care includes:

 $970 million over five years to achieve universal access to early childhood education for all children in the year before school by 2013. This investment includes $955 million in funding, over five years to 2012-13, to states and territories.

 $19.9 billion in direct child care assistance to parents, more than triple the investment in the four years prior to 2007, making improvements to the lives of children and families.

 $73 million to implement the National Quality Framework for education and care, which lifts the standard of care across the country.  14,500 approved child care services operating in Australia at the end of last year, an increase of 3.2 per cent over the year. (Child Care Update,

September 2011)  $190 million in a range of measures to train and retain a highly qualified workforce. These measures include providing an extra 1500 university places

and removing TAFE fees for diploma and advanced diploma qualifications.  $32.5 million to administer the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) in 50 communities nationally and support around 3,000

Australian families.

Further information on Government initiatives in the development and care of children is available at www.mychild.gov.au.

The National Children’s Week website is at www.childrensweek.org.au.

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