Parents of Queenslanders aged 4–7 years

STEP UP. SPEAK OUT. MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD!

The Growing Up in Queensland project gives children the opportunity to tell us what it’s like to be a young Queenslander in 2020.

The artwork activity is for children aged 4-7 years who would like to share their views through art.

The activity is voluntary and involves your child creating an artwork in response to one of the three themes. You are then asked to write a brief description of the artwork, using your child’s words, and submit a photo of it online. For more information, read through the information for parents.

If you would like to submit the artwork in hard copy instead, please email growingupQLD@qfcc.qld.gov.au or phone us 07 3900 6000.

The activity

This activity asks children to express their thoughts about their communities, their hopes or their worries. Choose one of the following themes:

  • Community
  • Hopes
  • Worries

We have a number of books that you may like to share with your child. All of these are available on YouTube for you and your child to watch together.

Community - Whoever You Are by Mem Fox

Hopes - Big Rain Coming by Katrina Germein

Worries - What Do You Do With A Problem? by Kobi Yamada

Depending on the theme you chose, ask one of the following questions:

Community - What do you like about your community?

Hopes - What do you want your life to be like when you grow up?

Worries - What do you worry about?

We suggest you use any art resources you have available to you – pencils, paints, paper, etc.

Community - Your child might choose to create a picture of the people they like spending time with, the people who help them, or where they like spending time.

Hopes - Your child might choose to create a picture of the occupation they would like to do when they are older, what they hope for or what their dreams are, or how they want the world to look.

Worries - Your child might like to create a picture about something that worries them, how they feel when they're worried, or what a problem is for children their age. 

Have a discussion with your child about their artwork. Get them to explain their artwork to you.

Submit your child's artwork online.

Information for parents

It is very important for children to have a say about issues that affect them.  Staff from the QFCC regularly talk with children about their thoughts and ideas in relation to their lives and experiences on a range of different topics.

What children tell us helps shape the information sent to government and other organisations. Children’s comments help bring issues to life. Their stories and experiences demonstrate how issues impact children. Their voices can inspire changes to the way organisations operate and the way communities are created.

Growing Up in Queensland 2020 is gathering the views, stories and opinions of Queenslanders aged 4–18 years. In this activity, we are asking children aged 4–7 years to create artworks that tell us about their communities, their hopes and their worries.

Please talk with your child about the activity and ask them if they want to participate. If they say yes, and you are happy for them to take part, please complete the online Consent Form.

The consent forms will be sent to the QFCC.

If you believe your child is at risk of becoming distressed as a result of taking part in this activity, please do not provide consent.

The QFCC will be selecting artworks submitted as part of this activity to appear in our final Growing Up in Queensland report and other work.

If your child’s artwork is selected, their first name (if you have indicated your consent), age and town may be included.

The QFCC produces reports that contain information about what children and young people have said or written in these activities. These reports help government and community agencies understand the needs and views of children across the state.

We also use the information in presentations and online so the whole community can hear the voices of Queensland’s children.

The artefacts from this project, including all submitted artworks, will be collated in the State Library of Queensland’s ‘Queensland Memory’ collection. This means researchers will be able to look back on what children and young people thought growing up in Queensland was like in 2020.

The art activity will not require your child to discuss sensitive issues. However, because they may be asked about what worries them, it is possible that children might feel anxious or upset. 

If your child becomes upset during or after the activity, please stop the activity and talk to your child about what has upset them. If you would like support or advice, you can contact your family doctor, call 13 Health (13 43 25 84) or Parentline on 1300 30 1300. You can find local support services through www.oneplace.org.au.

There are other opportunities for children and young people to share their views with the Growing Up in Queensland project. These opportunities will be available until the end of June 2020 and are listed on our website www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/growingup

The Growing Up in Queensland project team can help with any questions – email growingupQLD@qfcc.qld.gov.au or call (07) 3900 6000. To find out more information about the QFCC visit www.qfcc.qld.gov.au.

If you are unhappy about the way this activity was carried out, please talk to one of the staff involved in the project by emailing growingupQLD@qfcc.qld.gov.au.

This project was approved by the Children’s Health Queensland Hospital and Health Service Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC). If you have any concerns and/or complaints about the project, the way it is being conducted or your child’s rights as a participant, and would like to speak to someone independent of the project, please contact the HREC Coordinator on: 3069 7002 or email CHQETHICS@health.qld.gov.au

Or you can contact the Queensland Ombudsman – visit www.ombudsman.qld.gov.au/how-to-complain.