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Celebrating Children’s Week with The Friendship Project

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The theme for Children’s Week 2020 celebrates the right of all children to choose their own friends and safely connect with others—based on Article 15 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. This poster discusses Article 15 in ways children can understand with tips on the types of questions and conversation you might use with them.

Celebrating Childrens Week with The Friendship Project


Watch our video for Children’s Week 2020 and see what we have been working on so far…

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this project had a very short time frame. Explorations will continue throughout this term, deepening the children’s learning and understanding about friendship, developing their social and emotional skills, language acquisition and their wellbeing. All of these opportunities will enhance the children’s engagement within their early year’s programs and beyond.

One thing is for sure, the sense of belonging that the children have shown in returning to their programs has highlighted the genuine connections the children have with each other.

Special thank you to the children, families and educators who gave consent to share their thinking and work.


Online activities and events for Children’s Week 2020


Books that explore friendship and strong mental health

  • A Big Hug Book: Friendship is Like a Seesaw – Shona Innes
  • A Big Hug Book: The Playground is Like a Jungle – Shona Innes
  • A Big Hug Book: Life is Like the Wind – Shona Innes
  • Goodbye, Friend! Hello, Friend! – Cori Doerrfeld
  • In My Heart: A Book of Feelings – Jo Witek
  • My Strong Mind: A Story About Developing Mental Strength – Neils Van Hove
  • The Invisible String – Patrice Karst
  • Whoever You Are – Mem Fox
  • Words and Your Heart – Kate Jane Neal