The Andrews Labor Government is celebrating Victorian children by holding free and fun activities as part of Children’s Week 2018.

Applications are now open to hold events in the Werribee electorate with Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos and Member for Werribee Tim Pallas inviting local councils and organisations to apply.

Funds can be used to help cover the costs of hosting an activity or event.

Children’s Week will run from 20 to 28 October and is an annual celebration to recognise the talents, skills, achievements and rights of children by offering free activities for Victorian families.

Grants of up to $1,000 can be used for costs associated with running an activity such as entertainment, performing artists, craft materials, children’s prizes or administrative costs.

The activity must be offered free to Victorian families with a child aged up to 12 or to early childhood services and schools.

This year’s theme is based on Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child which states that children have the right to say what they think should happen and have their opinions taken into account.

Applications close at 5pm on 7 September, 2018.

For more information, visit education.vic.gov.au/childrensweek.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Early Childhood Education Jenny Mikakos

“Children’s Week is a terrific celebration of all children across Victoria which recognises their talents, skills, achievements as well as their right to learn, be safe and grow up happy and healthy.”

“We want to make Children’s Week 2018 one to remember, which is why we’re supporting local organisations host free activities across the state for families to enjoy.”

Quote attributable to Member for Werribee Tim Pallas

“I encourage the local council and all local organisations to put their hand up for funding … this is our chance to collectively celebrate our children and our shared future.”