My Family Week
My Family Week 2020
Monday 12th to Sunday 18th October 2020
My Family Week is the concept of international Early Years trainer, author and consultant, Laura Henry – creator of the BBC’s CBeebies Jo Jo and GranGran. Laura has worked with children and their families for three decades and has recently reflected on what we mean by family in the modern sense of the word.
On a personal level, Laura’s parents divorced when she was young and she remembers the stigma attached to belonging to a single-parent household. Fast-forward 40 years, and although there is less of a stigma, certain types of ‘non-conventional’ families still find themselves struggling to fit in to what is regarded as ’normal’ society.
Every family is unique and this uniqueness should be celebrated. With this in mind, Laura created My Family Week in 2017.
Traditionally, we celebrate Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, which may trigger for some children a sense that they don’t belong. My Family Week aims to celebrate all families, irrespective of a child’s circumstances, including children with same-sex parents, those who are fostered, who are young carers, have step families or half brothers and sisters, are bereaved, blended, those who are adopted or who live with grandparents and other family members.
It is important that every child, wherever they are in the world, is able to tell their own story in their own voice about their family, irrespective of whether this is their blood family or not.
Laura will share a range of open-ended activities, experiences and provocations that Early Years settings, schools and parents can use to support children to tell their personalised story. We will also share stories and connect with each other via social media.
Please register for the My Family Week to be kept updated on this inspiring and innovative event.
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The free resources for this special celebration week are now available from our My Family Week Resources page
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