Children’s Week highlights ‘playtime’

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  • Assistant Minister for Education

Marking Children’s Week 2013, Assistant Minister for Education Sussan Ley today highlighted an Out of School Hours Care (OSHC) session in her home town of Albury as a preview of Australia’s Biggest Play Date.

Noting this year’s Children’s Week theme highlights the importance of play in the daily lives of children, “It’s hard to find a better sound than children running around, playing games and laughing,” Ms Ley said.

“Albury City Council’s Out of School Hours Care team at Albury Public School is acutely aware of the importance and benefit of playtime in a child’s daily educational routine.

“This centre, like many others, wants to ensure our children and families have access to high quality, affordable care and services when they need them.

“This is a key priority of the new Coalition Government which has promised a Productivity Commission inquiry to help provide the type of childcare modern Australian families require.

“Where possible I would encourage families, schools and early childhood services across Australia to become involved in Children’s Week,” Ms Ley concluded.

Australia’s Biggest Play Date is being staged today as part of a week of activities across the nation between 19 to 27 October.

Each year an Article from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is highlighted – in 2013 the focus is on Article 31…`the child’s right to play’.

The Department of Education provides funding to the Children’s Week Council of Australia to encourage the widest possible participation in all states and territories.

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