Archive: Oct 2017

NAPCAN launches 30-second clip to support Talk to Your Baby campaign

Did you know that you can help a baby’s brain develop just by talking?

In fact, research suggests that the more words and concepts a baby is exposed to (even when they are just a newborn!), the better their brain will develop, and the better they will do in reading and cognitive tests as they grow up.

The key messages of the Talk to Your Baby campaign are:

  • A baby’s brain triples in size during the first three years of life. So every little thing we do during that time plays an important part in that child’s development.
  • Look for every opportunity to talk, read and sing with your baby. Be expressive, be loving, and talk about everything around you so that your child is exposed to as many different conversations as possible.
  • Talking to babies does not come naturally to everyone, and most people will need some encouragement and ideas. Families and carers may never have been told how important it is to talk with very young children, they may not have been raised that way, or they may have other things on their minds.
  • We can all play our part by talking to babies and young children, and by reminding parents how important this is, and giving them ideas and tips to get them into the habit.
  • Lots of talk from loving adults also builds healthy relationships, social skills, and attachment and we know that that can help build resilience in a child.

View the clip on YouTube.

Download the Media Release (PDF)

Children’s Week: 21-29 October 2017

THEME:
Based on Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child:

“Your education should help you use and develop your talents and abilities. It should also help you learn to live peacefully, protect the environment and respect other people.”

Parent ‘Child Safety and Wellbeing Survey’

We would like to know how we can better support families and communities in raising happy, healthy and safe children. And we want to hear from YOU. Please answer this short survey so we can learn about what matters most to families in supporting them to raise their children. Your responses will be confidential and no identifying information will be used.

DARWIN EVENTS 2017

NT Launch of Children’s Week 2017
Friday 20 October 3:15 -5.15pm
Details to come
Wulagi Primary School
24 Brolga Street, Wulagi
RSVP/Contact: Meron Looney on meron.looney@napcan.org.au or 0411 737 630

City of Darwin Children’s Art Exhibition
Official Opening:  21 October 9:30 – 11:30am

On display Monday 23 October – Friday 24 November 2016 weekdays 8:30am – 5:00pm
The exhibition provides an opportunity for local children to showcase their artistic abilities and creative pursuits.
Council Community Art Space, Civic Centre, Harry Chan Ave Darwin
Contact: 89300561 or t.sellars@darwin.nt.gov.au

Darwin Free Family Fun Morning for children birth to five years and their families
Wednesday 25 October 9:00 – 12:00 noon
Art & craft activities, Fun Bus, jumping castle, petting zoo, story-time, magic show with Hyper the clown, disco with Kevin, free give away and morning tea.
Jingili Water Gardens
Freshwater Road, Jingili
For more information: 89300561 or t.sellars@darwin.nt.gov.au

Darwin Free Family Fun Afternoon and evening for children one to twelve years and their families
Saturday 28 October
3:00 – 6:00pm
Darwin Waterfront activities with waterslide, Float and Play in the Lagoon, art and craft activities, Archery Attack and lots more.

6.00 – 7.00pm
Express Studios Darwin: demonstration and workshop on breakdancing and hiphop.

7.00pm
Movie Inside Out: Bring along blankets or chairs and relax on the Waterfront lawns under the stars with family and friends.
Darwin Waterfront, Kitchener Drive
For more information: 89300561 or t.sellars@darwin.nt.gov.au


PALMERSTON EVENTS 2017

Palmerston Children’s Week Party for children birth to five years and their families
Tuesday 24 October 9:00 – 11:00am
ALL FAMILIES WELCOME to enjoy join in the fun for all ages. Coffee available for purchase.
Palmerston Recreation Centre, The Boulevard, Palmerston
Contact: 8932 1700 or kylie.grainger@ntschools.net


BATCHELOR EVENTS 2017

Batchelor Oval National Children’s Week Celebration
Tuesday 25th October 9:30 – 12:00noon
Free fun activities for children and families – EVERYONE WELCOME
Batchelor Oval
Contact: Batchelor Area School 8976 0077


HUMPTY DOO EVENTS 2017

Smile-A-Mile Humpty Doo Children’s Week Celebration
Thursday 26th October
Lots of fun activities for children and families.
Humpty Doo Village Green.
85 Challoner Circuit, Humpty Doo
Contact: Jacinta on 8983 2009 or toys@smileamile.org.au


ALICE SPRINGS EVENTS 2017

Wet and Wild in Alice Springs
Saturday 21st October 9.00am – 2.00pm
Come ready to get wet and colourful. There will be plenty of fun activities for the whole family, including a Family Colour Run, the NT Fire & Rescue Slip’n’Slide, Face Painting, Arts and crafts, Kites, Reading Circle with Booka the Library Dog and a Free BBQ!
Snow Kenna Park (next to ANZAC Oval)
EVERYONE WELCOME
Contact: Communities for Children on 8951 8000


Feel free to download the National Children’s Week Poster and use it to promote your event.

 

Read the Children’s Week message from the Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove

Read the Children’s Week message from the National Children’s Commissioner, Megan Mitchell