National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children's Day

On August 4, families and communities came together to celebrate and learn about the culture and strengths of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

To mark this special occasion, we interviewed three deadly Early Childhood Teachers about Children’s Day and how they celebrate Aboriginal children in their service each and every day.

A special thank you to our panellists Maurita Cavanough from Jarjums Centre, Julie Carey from Kulai Preschool and Amy Shine from Forbes Preschool.

How you can continue to celebrate Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

Children’s day is a great opportunity to show support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, however it's important to continue this support and learning throughout the year.

Check out the following resources which services can use to celebrate the uniqueness and importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people:

  • Watch the introduction to Aboriginal languages video lesson presented by the NSW Aboriginal Education Consultative Group (NSW AECG). This 45 minute video lesson provides a playful introduction to four Australian Aboriginal languages for learners of all ages.
  • Download the NSW AECG languages app. The app focuses on animals in a variety of presentation styles – including puppetry, song, and even a trip to the Dubbo zoo – to teach us some original names for our unique Australian creatures.
  • Visit the Children’s Day resource page for a range of activities including how to make a family kinship tree and Aboriginal flag handprints.
  • Scroll through the SNAICC-National Voice for our Children Facebook page to see how services and organisations celebrated Children’s Day this year.
  • Visit the department’s Supporting Aboriginal Children webpage for resources on how to run a deadly preschool program in a way that recognises and respects Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
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