The theme of this year’s NSW Children’s Week is based on Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, “All children have the right to relax, play and take part in activities they enjoy”.
One thing we are lucky to have in Australia is an abundance of beautiful, natural environments. Studies have demonstrated the positive effects nature can have on promoting resilience, regulation, and recovery for children with adverse childhood experiences (ACE). Findings have shown when children with ACE’s interact with nature through gardening, caring for animals, or taking an outdoor leisure walk, these activities can alleviate stresses, anxiety and promote healing. Most importantly these nature-based activities are free and easily accessible.
Find out more about the work of The Children’s and Nature Network here.