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Launch of Children's Week with theme 'The future - our hopes and dreams'
22/10/1999 12:48 PM
With the theme ‘The future - our hopes and dreams’, Children’s Week has been launched today in what Family and Children’s Services Minister Rhonda Parker said would be a celebration of our children and childhood.
“It is a time to honour children’s needs and endeavours and recognise the efforts of parents, caregivers and teachers in the growth and development of children,” Mrs Parker said.
“The week includes more than 80 events around the State ranging from entertainment to seminars for parents, a Children’s Expo, creative workshops, art displays, a grandparents’ morning tea and teddy bear picnics.
“Kalgoorlie has an award for industry that provides children with a safe and friendly environment.
“Events will be held throughout the metropolitan area as well as in Albany, Broome, Bunbury, Busselton, Collie, Derby, Esperance, Fitzroy Crossing, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Kununurra, Mandurah, Mullewa and Narrogin.
The week focuses on the needs of the almost 270,000 children aged from five to 14 in the State and has an underlying message of the importance of helping parents better bring up their children.
“Research shows that the family is the primary influence on the well being of a child and that a good family life is critical to the child and the broader community.
“Most parents usually feel under-prepared for what is their most important task in life and they want to do better.
“That is why the Government has a number of initiatives to help parents, including Parenting Information Centres around the State, telephone helplines, books, magazine, videos and an Internet site.
“There are also support services provided by professionals and volunteers.”
Parents can call the Parenting Line on 9272 1466 or 1800 654 432 (free for STD callers).
Media contact: Owen Cole 9481 7810