International Children’s Day

History of International Children’s Day

The origin of this holiday goes back to 1925, when representatives from different countries met in Geneva, Switzerland to convene the first “World Conference for the Wellbeing of Children”.

After the conference, some governments around the world designated a day as Children’s Day to highlight children’s issues. There was no specific date recommended, so countries used whatever date was most relevant to their culture.

Children’s Day around the world

In the UK National Children’s Day is celebrated on 12 May.

Some countries observe Children’s’ Day on 20 November as Universal Children’s Day. This day was established by the United Nations in 1954 and aims to promote the welfare of children around the world.

The date of 1 June is used by many ex-Soviet countries as ‘The International Day for Protection of Children’ established on 1 June 1950 following the Women’s International Democratic Federation’s congress in Moscow that took place in 1949.

According to The Metro, Children’s day is celebrated on June 1 each year by the following countries: Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Benin, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, China, Cambodia, Czech Republic, East Timor, Ecuador, Estonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Guinea-Bissau, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Macau, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Sao Tomé and Príncipe, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, Tanazia, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Yemen.

Taiwan observes Children’s Day on 4 April.

Information from Office Holidays

See also:

National Children’s Day (UK) 12 May

International Children’s Day 1 June

Universal Children’s Day 20 November

Universal Children’s Day

Group of 5 smiling children

United Nations Universal Children’s Day was established in 1954 and is celebrated on November 20th each year to promote international togetherness, awareness among children worldwide, and improving children’s welfare.

November 20th is an important date as it is the date in 1959 when the UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration of the Rights of the Child. It is also the date in 1989 when the UN General assembly adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Since 1990, Universal Children’s Day also marks the anniversary of the date that the UN General Assembly adopted both the declaration and the convention on children’s rights.

Mothers and fathers, teachers, nurses and doctors, government leaders and civil society activists, religious and community elders, corporate moguls and media professionals as well as young people and children themselves can play an important part in making Universal Children’s Day relevant for their societies, communities and nations.

Resources for educators here.

Photo credit: Students at Hadew primary school in Jijiga, Ethiopia. Photo: UNICEF/UN043870/Lister

See also

National Children’s Day (UK) 12 May

International Children’s Day 1 June

Universal Children’s Day 20 November

National Children’s Day

5 children sitting in a row with their arms around each other

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.

You can run any big or small activity or event that you want for the week up to and including the day – but don’t forget to let us know what you are up to!

From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks – it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about projects you are running or things you care about.

National Children’s Day

5 children sitting in a row with their arms around each other

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.

You can run any big or small activity or event that you want for the week up to and including the day – but don’t forget to let us know what you are up to!

From small family get-togethers to local community events and talks – it’s a great opportunity to raise awareness about projects you are running or things you care about.

See also

National Children’s Day (UK) 12 May

International Children’s Day 1 June

Universal Children’s Day 20 November

Nature Play & the Therapeutic Space (two-day training)

An experiential training for health and education practitioners wanting to work in ‘Green Spaces.’ No previous experience is necessary but would suit people working with children or young people. This two-day training has been created to help those working with groups of young people and children to understand why some children present difficult behaviours and are unable to participate in the group activities.

You will develop your facilitation skills and ability to work with children that present difficult behaviours and explore therapeutic nature-play skills (e.g. reflective communication and use of puppets & sand) which will engage the group of children and individuals building their emotional regulation, curiosity, imagination and well-being.

The course will include:

Therapeutic nature play.
The Forest School Continuum.
Exploring effective strategies for working with children displaying vulnerable and challenging needs.
Establishing Trust: understanding the fundamental importance of safe space/s and how to utilise it.
Psych-ed: Understanding difficult behaviours and the connection between sensory input, emotional response and behaviour (with the impact of ACE).
Explore your own triggers and inner landscape.
Play ideas: child-led and adult-directed e.g ropes and clay.
Key communication strategies: creative, reflective and empathetic skills.
Increase the tool kit to include more sensory-based games.
Develop understanding of Attachment Theory and how it relates to emotional insecurity.
Play skills include sand, puppet and music.
Day one

Theory: Child development and attachment; How to grow a brain, Psych-ed; Importance of nature in childhood; Sensory Play and Stress; Group Dynamic: Importance of connection to others; 7 basic emotions; Exploring your own triggers & inner landscape.
Activities: Role-play: The brain, baby to adult; group work to develop your skills and confidence. Group games and sensory experiences – forest school approach and the creative use of clay.
Day two

Builds on the outdoor skills of participants – e.g. using ropes, puppets, story making.
Setting up your space – tarps, shelters and safe dens.
Importance of risk and challenge. Focus on the need for individual therapeutic play when working with groups and developing skills.
Theory: The Axline principles; Toxic Stress; Eric Berne: Drama Triangle; Attunement; Principles of child-led play – nature play/therapeutic play; Communication skills – instruction/reflection; Safe boundaries & Health and Safety in the outdoors; Risk Assessment; Directive/non-directive.

Date: 22nd & 23rd April 2020
Lead Facilitator: Kate Macairt and Marina Robb
Location: Mill Woods, near Laughton, East Sussex, BN8 6BP
Cost: £175.00
Time: 09.00 – 15.30

Family Woodland Explorers Day

Rewild your child with our sell out Family Woodland Explorers Day! Let them embrace the outdoors, like you did when you were a child with den building, bug hunting, making elder necklaces and enjoying the great outdoors together. You’ll even get to sample some campfire treats that are provided. This session is great for school holiday fun and as part of a home schooling programme. Plus accompanying adults go FREE!

Please be aware, many paths are not paved and uneven or have vegetation, which maybe difficult for prams and wheelchairs.
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Please bring along your own lunch for the day. You’ll get to sample our tasty treats as well.
All equipment is provided for the activities
This previously sold out event only has 25 spaces, so make sure you get your children’s today.
Booking is required for this event
Dress ready for the weather, there maybe mud!
Suitable for 4-12 year olds. All children must be accompanied by an adult

Nature Kindergarten Day at award-winning Auchlone

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten is a multi award-winning early years centre for 2-5 year olds in Perthshire where children spend over 85% of their time outdoors.

Our Nature Kindergarten Day includes a visit to Auchlone with an exploration of the ethos and methodology of Nature Pedagogy as developed by Dr Claire Warden. We’ll provide an in-depth tour of the areas of inside the setting, outside in the landscaped environment and beyond the gate into wilder spaces, explaining the thinking behind our practice. There will be ample opportunities for questions, sharing experiences and discussing specific situations. We’ll address a wide range of practical issues linked to outdoor learning.

Our Senior Trainer and/or Auchlone Manager will share their wide breadth of knowledge regarding all aspects of running a Nature Kindergarten and adjust the content of the visit according to your needs and interests.

Following the visit to Auchlone, we’ll continue your learning with a practical workshop session. We’ll address the practical considerations of delivering daily outdoor education. You’ll also get an insight into how we support inquiry-based learning with the Floorbook Approach, created by Dr Claire Warden. Finally we’ll explore how you can implement parts of the nature kindergarten ethos and the Floorbook Approach into your own practice to create authentic and rich learning experiences and to improve your practice.

Our Nature Kindergarten Day is ideal for practitioners who wish to begin intertwining nature into all forms of learning whether they are in a rural or urban setting, educators who currently work in an outdoor learning centre or anyone looking to set up an outdoor learning centre. It will support increased engagement with the natural environment and help you improve your own practice inside, outside, and beyond!

Aims:
– To explore the origins and approach of Nature Kindergartens internationally and to look at the methodology behind Nature Pedagogy as defined by Claire Warden.
– To be able to plan for a relevant nature space in consultation with children.
– To look at the layout and day-to-day operation of an outdoor learning environment.
– To explore how the Nature Kindergarten methodology can be implemented in any kind of setting or practice.

Outcomes. You’ll be able to:
– Implement aspects of Nature Kindergarten practice to your setting.
– Record and evidence children’s learning using the Floorbook Approach.
– Create natural spaces inside and out and establish rich learning environments that stimulate and engage children.
– Design or source natural resources with children to use across the curriculum.

Testimonials:

“I was really looking forward to visiting Auchlone, I’d heard so much about it and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be putting what I’ve learnt into practice as soon as I can.” Nursery Practitioner

“Amazing, a total eye-opener! I can’t wait to start introducing learning with nature to our children.” Nursery Manager

“Inspiring, encouraging, exciting and invigorating. Kate and Mona were wonderful hosts and their enthusiasm for Nature Pedagogy is infectious.” Primary School Teacher

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten Visits

Auchlone Nature Kindergarten is an award-winning early years centre for 2-5 year olds in Perthshire where children spend over 85% of their time outdoors.

Your visit to Auchlone will involve an exploration of the ethos and methodology of Nature Pedagogy as developed by Dr Claire Warden. We will provide an in-depth tour of the areas of inside, outside, and beyond, explaining the thinking behind our practice. There will be ample opportunities for questions, sharing experiences and discussing specific situations. We’ll address a wide range of practical issues linked to outdoor learning.

Our Senior Trainer and/or Auchlone Manager will share their wide breadth of knowledge regarding all aspects of running a Nature Kindergarten and adjust the content of the visit according to your needs and interests.

This visit is ideal for people looking to set up an outdoor learning centre or those who currently work in one as well as educators who wish to begin intertwining nature into all forms of learning whether they are in a rural or urban setting. It will support increased engagement with the natural environment and help you improve your own practice inside, outside, and beyond!

Aims:
– To explore the origins and approach of Nature Kindergartens internationally and to look at the methodology behind Nature Pedagogy as defined by Dr Claire Warden.
– To be able to plan for a relevant nature space in consultation with children.
– To look at the layout and day-to-day operation of an outdoor learning environment.
– To explore how the Nature Kindergarten methodology can be implemented in any kind of setting or practice.

Outcomes. You will be able to:
– Implement aspects of Nature Kindergarten practice within your setting.
– Create natural spaces inside and out and establish rich learning environments that stimulate and engage children.
– Design or source natural resources with children to use across the curriculum.

Testimonials:

“I was really looking forward to visiting Auchlone, I’d heard so much about it and I wasn’t disappointed. I’ll be putting what I’ve learnt into practice as soon as I can.” Nursery Practitioner

“Amazing, a total eye-opener! I can’t wait to start introducing learning with nature to our children.” Nursery Manager

“Inspiring, encouraging, exciting and invigorating. Kate and Mona were wonderful hosts and their enthusiasm for nature pedagogy is infectious.” Primary School Teacher

Forest School Leader ITC Level 3 Award – HYBRID COURSE

We’re the only Forest School training provider to incorporate the Floorbook Approach created by Dr Claire Warden, in our training. This child led approach to planning and documentation supports key learning associated with Forest School themes and many aspects of the Curriculum for Excellence. It allows the transfer of information and methodology back to the school, linking learning across the areas of inside, outside and beyond. The Floorbook Approach is currently promoted by Education Scotland, Care Inspectorate and other governing bodies as good practice.

This ITC qualification is approved by and meets the requirements of the Forest School Association.

Our Forest School hybrid course has been developed for staff who may struggle to take 5 days out of their busy lives to receive the traditional format of theory and practice in face to face training.

The course consists of 11 online modules exploring the theoretical aspects of Forest School. Within these you will be asked to reflect upon their own practice and document your learning. 5 pre-requisite modules will be provided upon your enrolment and payment. These should be completed prior to your face to face training, the remaining modules can be completed within 6 months of registration.

You will attend 2.5 days face to face training in the practical aspects of Forest School, during this time our trainer will assess your skill levels.

The course culminates in your creation of a Forest School portfolio to evidence the five Forest School Level 3 units of Delivery, Learning and Development, Planning and Preparation, Practical Skills and Woodland Environment. Supportive learning materials, remote trainer and online support are provided.

Learning Outcomes and Assessment Criteria:
– Understand the structures of woodlands.
– Know how to identify a range of flora and fauna.
– Understand the importance of flora and fauna identification for the Forest School Programme Leader.
– Understand the management of woodlands as a sustainable learning environment.
– Be able to deliver a Forest School programme.
– Understand relevant theories of learning and development and their application to a Forest School programme.
– Understand how a Forest School programme can support holistic development and learning.
– Understand the impact of behaviour on learning and development at a Forest School programme.
– Be able to reflect on your own Forest School training.
– Understand the development of the Forest School ethos.
– Understand the ecological impact of a Forest School programme.
– Know the relevant policies and procedures requires for a Forest School programme.
– Be able to plan a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate a range of woodland skills appropriate to a Forest School programme.
– Be able to facilitate campfire management appropriate to a Forest School programme.

Course Involvement Level:
– 2.5 days face to face training in the outdoors.
– 11 online modules (estimated duration for completion 65 hours – including assignments and reflection time).
– Delivery of 6 sessions over 6 weeks whilst tracking the progress of 3 children.
– Portfolio evidence to be submitted within 1 year.

Mindstretchers will take responsibility for the delivery of the entire programme and this will include the registration of candidates with ITC, support with course bookings, the administration of course delivery, evaluation of course outputs and initial report, on-going and final reports regarding the contract. Methodology follows ITC guidelines. We believe in equal opportunities allowing candidates to present evidence through a range of techniques: video, written portfolio, artistic representation and Floorbooks.