National Children’s Day UK is all about the importance of a healthy childhood and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults.
National Children’s Day UK is an initiative of the Save Childhood Movement. The movement was established in 2013 and consists of a growing collaboration of individuals and organisations that share a deep concern about common values and wellbeing and the current loss of natural childhood.
To celebrate, Tops Day Nurseries are holding small appreciation celebrations within each setting on Monday 16th May, there are lots of activities planned!
The activities planned are based on the wellbeing of both parents, staff and children. Part of the Save Childhood Movement’s ethos is that the parent’s wellbeing is essential for the wellbeing of children. Teachers and nursery workers are also frequently the second most influential adults in a child’s life and their wellbeing is essential for the development of happy children.
For this reason nurseries across the Tops family will be organising family orientated events, inviting parents and carers to come in to the nurseries and spend time with their children.
At Tops Musgrove, Nursery Cook Helen will be laying on a super food fruit breakfast for parents for when they drop their children into nursery. They will also be inviting parents in for a stay and play session from 10am – 11am to spend quality time with their children. The children will then spend the afternoon making ‘Family Love’ cards for friends and family members.
Both Tops Portsmouth and Tops Poole will be providing fresh fruit in the reception areas for parents to help themselves too, as well as inviting parents in to spend time with their children and read stories with the children or talk about their profession.
Tops Bournemouth will be hosting a garden party for all parents and carers. The practitioners will be dressed as children or book characters and will run activities during the party such as balloon play and making giant bubbles. Parents will also be encouraged to get their hands dirty and get involved with planting ‘flowers of love’ with the children.
At Charminster the children will be making cards to say thank you to their parents and we will be putting together a few recipes from our lunch menu to promote healthy eating as well as cooking the baked oat cake for the parents to take home.