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This Summer, join the Barnardo's Big Toddle

Barnardo’s Big Toddle is calling for nurseries, childminders, early years groups and families to put their best foot forward and take part in this year’s Big Toddle week from 18th – 24th June 2018. Join the biggest sponsored walk for under 5s! It’s fun, educational and can help transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. Lots of little feet can make a big difference.  

For the second consecutive year the Big Toddle is run in partnership with the much-loved CBeebies TV show, Teletubbies.

Our little sponsored walk for little feet is always hugely popular, as thousands of under 5s join in the fun. Taking part is easy, visit our website and register your nursery.

The free fundraising  pack for childminders, nurseries and groups comes with all you need to organise a fun Toddle, including:

  • A very handy fundraising guide with tips and fundraising ideas
  • Posters and invitations card templates to promote your event letting everybody know date and place of the event
  • Nature-themed learning resources, colourful and exciting activities loved by children and adults alike!  
  • Sponsorship forms for each child taking part so they can support Barnardo’s work helping the most vulnerable  children in the UK

Our Big Toddle 2018 theme is Nature, giving you lots of opportunities for inventive dressing up, creative crafts and big outdoor fun!

Fitting perfectly into the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, the theme provides children with some great learning opportunities in the build up to the Toddle.

Our partners the Teletubbies love outdoor playtime too! So you’ll also find a range of Teletubby-themed activities to use in the run up to the event, or even after your Toddle has taken place.

Get creative with the great outdoors

Dressing up for the Big Toddle is great fun, and all you need to do is look around you for some great costume ideas. Think animals, insects or bugs you find in the garden (like a ladybird, snail or fox), flowers, trees, the sky, or even look further afield at some jungle creatures... nature is everywhere! You can find some fun ideas and quirky DIY costume hacks in our fundraising guide.

Big Toddle public events

Can’t organise your own Toddle? Get your children ready for these great big Public Toddles. Dudley Zoo Toddle on 12 or 13 June or our Blackpool Zoo Toddle on 19 June. Visit the zoos at a reduced admission price and bring our 2018 Big Toddle ‘Nature’ theme to life as you enjoy your sponsored walk observing animals in their different habitats! 100% of sponsorship funds will be donated to Barnardo’s. Register following this link

Don’t miss out the opportunity to join in the un this year. Over 7,000 nurseries, childmnders, early years groups and families are taking part in our sponsored walk for the little ones! Toddle week runs 18th - 24th June but you can hold your event at another time if that’s more convenient for you.

We're encouraging everyone to get back to nature this year! All the information you need to organise your own Toddle is available through our website. We also have loads of ideas on how to raise as much money as you can for some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children in the UK through the Big Toddle. If you have any more questions about the Barnardo’s Big Toddle or our work our Supporter Relations team will be happy to help. Please email or call us on 0800 008 7005.

Happy Toddling! - Toddle Team

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Barnardo’s has helped transform the lives of millions of disadvantaged children in the UK, and continues to help families to build a better future. In 2016/17 more than 272,000 children, young people, parents and carers were supported by Barnardo’s through more than 1,000 services across the UK, such as young carers, care leavers, foster carers and adoptive parents, training and skills or parenting classes. Visit  to find out more. Registered charity No. 216250 and SC037605

About DHX Brands

DHX Brands is the dedicated brand management and consumer products arm of DHX Media Ltd., one of the world’s leading children’s content and brands companies. DHX Brands specializes in creating, building and maintaining high-profile global entertainment brands within the children’s and young adult markets. With expertise in brand development, licensing, marketing and creative, we build and manage brands that captivate and inspire through engaging content, first-class distribution, quality consumer products, immersive live experiences and digital media. DHX Brands’ world-class portfolio includes Teletubbies, Strawberry Shortcake, Twirlywoos, Massive Monster Mayhem, In the Night Garden and Mega Man. DHX Brands has operations in London, Toronto, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.

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