Childhood is the most important and precious time of life. Children’s Week (October 21-29) is an opportunity to reflect on this, and the role adults have in nurturing our children and providing them with every opportunity to reach their full potential.

This year the focus is on education and the many ways this supports the development of a child’s personality and talents.

Children’s Week celebrates the right of children to enjoy childhood. It is also a time for children to demonstrate their talents, skills and abilities.

On Wednesday, Australia will mark Universal Children’s Day.

This day of awareness calls society to a greater response to the plight of many millions of children around the world who are denied the basic necessities of a happy childhood and the education to develop their capacities.

It also calls us to consider those conditions in society which affect the lives and future of our own children.

We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the important and varied work of Centacare staff in supporting children, families and parents.

You can read more about Children’s Week HERE, including a message from national patron, Sir Peter Cosgrove.