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Children's Week 2020 In Golden Plains

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Friday, 18 September 2020 - 12:15pm
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Children's Week 2020 Golden Plains Shire Council

Golden Plains Shire Council is once again proud to deliver an exciting Children’s Week celebration next month.

Children’s Week is a national event held every year during October, giving families and community members the opportunity to recognise the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children. This year, Children’s Week runs from 24 October to 1 November with its theme celebrating the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others. This is based on Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

While the COVID-19 pandemic will prevent Council from holding its usual in-person event, Council’s Child and Family Services team will run free remote activities families can participate in from home: DIY friendship bracelets and online interactive playgroup sessions.

Friendship Bracelets

Children can get creative from home and make a friendship bracelet for themselves or to share with a friend or family member. A limited number of free bracelet making kits are available and can be sent to families or collected from Council’s Customer Service Centre in Smythesdale at 19 Heales Street, Smythesdale or the Bannockburn Family Services Centres at 2a Pope Street, Bannockburn. This activity is suitable for children three years and older, and will be available for collection or delivery from 12 October, 2020.

Interactive Playgroup

Families are invited to join the Golden Plains Early Years team for three fun and interactive playgroup sessions during Children’s Week. The playgroups will be held over Zoom from 10.30 to 11.15am on Monday 26, Wednesday 28 and Friday 30 October, 2020. The playgroups will include different activities for children and families to follow along to from home, including stories by the Geelong Regional Library Corporation, singing, fun, play and even a bit of magic. Participants will receive a Zoom link and activity sheets ahead of the sessions.

Families can register for the bracelet kit and interactive playgroups by visiting goldenplains.vic.gov.au/events/childrens-week-0, emailing earlyyears@gplains.vic.gov.au or calling 5220 7230.

Mayor Cr Owen Sharkey says this year’s Children’s Week will be a bit different but still a great opportunity for young families in Golden Plains Shire to have fun and celebrate children.

“Council is proud to once again offer some exciting Children’s Week activities. Our Child and Family Services team has done a fantastic job adapting to this year’s changed circumstances to still put these fun events that can be done from home.

“The friendship bracelet kits and online playgroups, along with the reopening of playgrounds, skate and bike parks, will I’m sure ensure a fun-filled Children’s Week for Golden Plains families.”

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Council acknowledges the traditional Wadawurrung owners of this land. Council pays its respects to Wadawurrung Elders both past and present and extends that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People who are part of Golden Plains Shire.