Celebrating Children’s Week
Anglicare NT works with families and communities across the Northern Territory, supporting them to give children the best possible start to life. Services include early childhood learning programs, remote community playgroups, school holiday programs and housing support for families.
“Children’s Week is a time to celebrate children’s talents, skills and abilities and reflect on the rights of children to enjoy their childhood. Anglicare NT are helping to organise several events during Children’s Week including a Family Fun Day on Saturday 21 October at Snow Kenna Park in Alice Springs and a Youth Art Exhibition that will be launched at Alice Springs Public Library at 5pm on the 23 October,” said Mr Pugh.
Anglicare NT provides remote playgroups in the East Arnhem region, supporting families of pre-school aged children with regular culturally appropriate, play-based developmental activities. The Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) is offered in Katherine, Darwin and Yurrwi. The free two year program aims to empower and support parents to be their child’s first teacher. Parents are encouraged to read, play and do fun activities with their child at home and attend group events.
The Communities for Children program, offered in Alice Springs and East Arnhem, delivers activities to support children, their families and communities to improve developmental outcomes for children. The East Arnhem Communities for Children recently launched a bilingual Baby Board book Manikay Mala Djamarrkuḻiw’ – Songs for Little Children in Galiwin’ku. At the launch, Children from Shepherdson College and the Family as First Teachers program sang some of the traditional children’s songs and rhymes from the book in both Yolngu Matha and English.