News & events for families

Support young children to draw and write

We are hosting two free forums featuring literacy development researcher Dr Noella Mackenzie for parents and early childhood professionals.

For more information call 9243 8888.

Parent forum

Join us to hear about the journey of drawing and writing for young children, including:

  • important drawing and writing milestones for children
  • the links between early writing and reading
  • some of the issues of writing in modern times such as hand writing and keyboarding
  • ways for parents to support children as they learn to draw and write

When: Thursday, 12 October 2017, 7pm-8.30pm

Where: Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds

Cost: Free

To book your place, email childrensevents@mvcc.vic.gov.au by 4pm on Friday, 6 October. 

Forum for staff working in early years of school and early childhood services

Come along to this forum for early childhood professionals working with children and families birth to eight years

This session will explore some of the important understandings of how young children learn to write, including:

  • important drawing and writing milestones for children
  • the Draw, Talk, Write Observation Protocol
  • Draw, Talk, Write as a pedagogical approach suitable for kindergarten, child care and the early years of school
  • some of the issues of writing in modern times such as hand writing and keyboarding
  • ways to support fine motor development
  • the importance of working in partnership with families

When: Wednesday, 11 October 2017, 4.30-6pm

Where: Civic Centre, 9 Kellaway Avenue, Moonee Ponds

Cost: Free

To book your place, email childrensevents@mvcc.vic.gov.au with your name and organisation by 4pm on Monday, 9 October.

Moonee Valley Quilt Project

We are pleased to launch a cross-generational art project, the Moonee Valley Quilt Project, which has seen three diverse groups collaborate to celebrate the artistic expression of local children.

With the help of the Essendon Quilters and the Aberfeldie Men’s Shed, the artwork of 183 children from the 2016 Moonee Valley Festival has been immortalised in 11 colourful quilts, demonstrating the diversity of images that make up children’s views of the world. Each quilt includes a square representing the creativity and dedication of the quilters and the enthusiasm of the Men’s Shed to lend a hand building the wooden hangers.

The Essendon Quilters ‘Quilts for Others’ group have made quilts for hospitals, community agencies, kindergartens, sports clubs. They are currently planning for a range of quilt projects for a range of community service agencies including women’s refuge and nursing homes.

The quilts were launched in July 2017 at the Incinerator Gallery and will be rotated around various Moonee Valley childcare centres, kindergartens and libraries, until November.

Watch a video from the launch:

Quilt Tour calendar

The quilts will be on display at various Moonee Valley libraries and childcare centres from July to November.

  • Ascot Vale Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Avondale Heights Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Milleara Integrated Learning and Development Centre for Children: Friday, 29 September – end of November
  • Moonee Valley Civic Centre: Friday, 28 July – Friday, 22 September
  • Niddrie Library: Friday, 29 September – end of November

Contemporary Quilting – Colour and Community Exhibition

When: Saturday, 9 December 2017 – Sunday, 14 January 2018
Where: Incinerator Gallery, Boadle Hall, 180 Holmes Road, Moonee Ponds

Last updated: Monday, 18 September 2017, 11:21 PM