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Children's Day in NZ is usually held on the first Sunday of March. A number of countries have a similar special day for children on their events calendars.
It is an opportunity for parents, grandparents and other family members to celebrate the special day with children. It is also an opportunity for early childhood centres and home-based services to get involved and do something to mark the day and celebrate how precious and important our babies, toddlers and preschoolers are.
What can you do? Here's some ideas from ChildForum:
Do something cool! Open the doors of your service, even though Children's Day falls on a Sunday, for all families to come along and share their children's space. Give children the opportunity and time to show the adults important in their lives the things they do. Collect up and discuss with each child examples of their work, favourite toys etc so they are thinking in advance about what to show their family and friends during the open day.
Surprise and delight the children!! Mobilise parents and staff to organise something special for children, e.g. a children's breakfast at the centre where the children are the guests of honour with full table service. Perhaps a special children's breakfast on Sunday - or if your parents aren't working you could do this on Monday morning.
Share the love!!! Make a point of giving every child an extra hug on and wish them a happy Children's Day. Some children don't like to be hugged and can shy from touch of any kind, so be aware of this and give these children a huge smile and something to say 'I think the world of you'.
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