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Australia’s top TV show for young children wants to showcase a family with two gay dads

Australia’s top TV show for young children wants to showcase a family with two gay dads

Australia’s favorite television show for pre-school aged children is searching for a family with two gay dads to feature on the show as it seeks to educate young Australians on the diversity that exists in families.

ABC TV’s Play School program is watched by four-out-of-five Australian children aged under six on a weekly basis and it screens four times a day across the network’s channels.

Play School is the longest running children’s television show in Australia, and the second longest in the world, having begun screening in 1966 – making it a cultural institution in Australia.

When the show aired a segment featuring a young girl with two lesbian mums in 2004 it prompted a national outcry by conservatives, with the issue even being raised in parliament.

However twelve years later the program’s producers feel confident to revisit the issue as they prepare to examine different family structures.

‘We’re really excited about the My Family, Your Family segments,’ Play School executive producer Jan Stradling told Guardian Australia.

‘The idea is to reflect current Australian society by showing a range of family structures and backgrounds. In these stories, we explore the relationships and bonds of a family. We will look at how they care for one another and share experiences, roles and responsibilities.’

‘All of these factors are common aspects that promote a sense of belonging for a child regardless of family type. The focus of the “through the windows” segments is always on the child and the favorite activities they love to do with their families, the emphasis being on spending time together.’

‘While there are still many families with mum, dad and two kids, there is also a significant and growing number of blended families, same-sex parents, single parents, grandparents as primary carers and many more.

‘We don’t see this as anything controversial, just a reflection of contemporary Australian life. We want preschool children from across the community to be able to see themselves as part of this very special show.’

The show is also looking for a family with adopted children, an extended family, a blended family and an Indigenous Australian family to showcase on the program.