National Families Week 2012 will be held from Tuesday 15 May to Monday 21 May 2012 (coinciding with UN International Day of Families on Tuesday 15 May).
The aim of National Families Week 2012 is to celebrate the vital role that families play. This year's theme is Families make all the difference: helping kids to grow and learn.
In National Families Week 2012, everyone is encouraged to think about the valuable role families play in helping children to develop, learn and grow, and reflect on the influence families have on a child's wellbeing.
Families are the foundation for shaping children's physical, social, emotional and cognitive development. A child's earliest learning experience happens at home, with family. Families give children a sense of belonging and of self-identity and provide a network of support for children as they grow.
This National Families Week, let's take the time to reflect on the critical role that families play in teaching, supporting and nurturing children as they grow.
All Australians, including churches, community organisations, schools, councils, companies and individuals are invited to participate in National Families Week each year.