The annual Under 8’s Day is a very special day for some of our youngest community members. Held on the 17th of September, it’s a time for parents and kids under the age of eight, to spend the day learning and exploring together.
Melanie Waters, Coordinator of the Under 8’s Day, says it’s the perfect opportunity for the community to celebrate how great it is to be under eight.
“The kids will have that freedom, that sense of agency to be able to move to different activities throughout the day. So we’re taking some of that structure away and giving the children the opportunity to guide their own learning and guide their own exploration,”
“They can choose which activities they want to do and when. So it’s about them leading the adults in their world on a journey of their learning,” she says.
Charleville State School is hosting the Day, which runs from 9am through until 12pm.
Children and parents from Wyandra, Augathella, Morven, St. Mary’s Primary School and childcare groups around the region have also been invited to attend the day.
Ms. Waters says there will be a group of health care providers attending the day, which will allow parents to voice any concerns they may have about their children in a safe environment.
“Health care providers will be joining us on the day to promote an awareness of child safety, child health as well as helping the parents to be able to identify the different developmental milestones and that’s really important for parents of young children to be able to identify which milestones their should be achieving and any particular red flags or alerts that parents need to be aware of,”
“We have occupational therapists, speech language pathologists and hearing screeners are available on the day. So parents can talk to them and ask questions so that there’s networking through the different services in Charleville,” she says.
There will be lots of activities to keep the children going throughout the day, including visits from the Charleville Police, Ambulance and the Fire and Rescue. All of these vehicles will be located in the car park for the children to explore, and at the same time learning about our local emergency services.
“The Cosmos Centre is also coming along with their sun telescope. They’re running a sun session, very much like what they hold up at the Cosmos Centre. The children are actually going to be able to look at the sun through the telescope and learn about sun safety,” says Ms. Waters.
The children can also expect a special visit from the Bilby’s. They’ll be able to hold the Bilby’s and learn about the species and how they can protect and care for them.
And to add to the excitement of the day, there will be various learning stations set up for the kids to take their parents to, including finger puppet displays, a book corner, sensory areas, play dough, icing biscuits and making cupcakes.
“We’ve got lots of acitivies including the sensory areas, the children will be working through spaghetti to search for different hidden treasures, getting into goop and slime, and they’ll have lots of fun because we know that messy play is great play!” says Ms Waters.
“It’s going to be all systems go, there’s going to be a lot happening, and it’s going to be lots of fun,” she says.
We’ll have a full list of activities and times available before the event, but everyone with children under the age of eight is encouraged to attend this fun and educational day.