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.

Little Forest Folk – CPD Training

We recently gave a presentation and delivered a workshop at the National Associate of Head Teachers conference and as such, requests for individual training and site visits have been coming in thick and fast. Our capacity to cope with the level of enquiries has officially hit its limit!

In response, as we know so many of you are extremely keen to see what we do at Little Forest Folk, to feel inspired and to ask those burning ‘how do you..?’ questions, we are excited to announce the launch of Little Forest Folk training days.

Little Forest Folk training days will take place in Wimbledon, South West London on selected dates in 2018 for small groups limited to a maximum of 16 attendees per training day.

Cost: £40 Half Day / £125 Full Day

Family Forest School

Family Forest School for children aged 0-7 yrs with accompanying adult / parent / carer

Join us for our all year round Family Forest School, set in private National Trust Woodland.

We will be tracking animals, playing woodland games, making woodland crafts and toys out of wood and natural materials, using tools, cooking over a campfire, telling tall tales, exploring, climbing, wandering, hanging out in the hammock, bug hunting, swinging, meeting like minded kids and their parents / carers, making friends having a hot drink and snacks and chatting round the campfire.

It’s a relaxed session and you are welcome to play freely and chat and join in with optional led activities if you wish. Babies, feeding mums, ASD, visible or non visible additional needs friendly – just let us know if we can help out.

All of this means we will be developing crucial social, emotional intelligence, musical and rhythm skills, co-ordination and physical skills; core muscle, gross muscle, fine motor skills; communication skills, understanding and love of the natural world, adventures and ability to judge risk while we are playing (something that is missing from modern life); developing resilience, independence, self esteem and confidence. But as this is done through play and the facilitation of our qualified Forest School Leaders, you and your children will be having a fabulous time!

Every Tuesday in term time. 1230 – 1415.
The Long Shrubbery National Trust Woodland, Coleshill, Oxfordshire SN6 7PT
£6 per session
Booking essential via vickibrightwood@gmail.com

Resilience Outdoor Alternative Education

Outdoor Education programme for Alternative Education Provision.

Designed for ASD, ADHD, SEMH participants.

Incorporating elements of Forest School, Outdoor Learning and John Muir Awards, we focus on building resilience through development of self esteem, self confidence, understanding of the world, emotional literacy, new perspectives, communication and physical skills.

Landplay Therapy

Post qualifying training for Play Therapists, Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

This two-day training will provide you with the tools you need to extend your therapeutic practice to include indoor and outdoor sessions.

Landplay training ensures the practitioner is confident in providing safe and boundaried therapeutic play space in a natural outdoor environment. It encourages practitioners to incorporate a simplified tool kit with a focus on more natural materials.

Those participating in the training need to have studied Person Centred Counselling and be a qualified child and/or adult counsellor and/or need to have trained in Jungian or Person centred approach and have a post graduate qualification.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 17th, 18th & 19th June OR 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

Working with Young People with Challenging Behaviour, in the Outdoors, with Jon Cree

This course is aimed at any educator who feels they want to engage and work with students in the outdoors who may be reluctant learners (of any age).

This course will delve into:

  • What challenges us as leaders in the outdoors
  • Theory on challenging behaviour
  • Up-to-date neural research; triggers and causes for challenging behaviour
  • Ways of dealing with ‘real life’ scenarios in the outdoors
  • De-escalation
  • How to transfer outdoor strategies into an indoor and other settings – including looking at the validity of sanctions and rewards
  • Reviewing your own policies.

Date: 20th, 21st & 22nd November 2019
Lead Facilitator: Jon Cree
Where: Mill Woods, East Sussex
Cost: £325 for the 3 day course, £55 for the Accreditation (optional). This Level 3 West Midlands Open College Network Accredited Course.
Time: 09.00 – 17.00.

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