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26
JAN

Whole Nursery Australia Day

Australia Day is the official National Day of Australia. Celebrated annually on 26 January, it marks the anniversary of the 1788 arrival of the First Fleet of British Ships at Port Jackson, New South Wales, and the raising of the Flag of Great Britain at Sydney Cove by Governor Arthur Phillip. The day is celebrated with family gatherings, picnics, barbecues, parades and fireworks.

09
FEB

Whole Nursery Safer Internet Day

Safer Internet Day is celebrated globally in February each year, to promote the safe and positive use of digital technology for children and young people and inspire a national conversation. Safe Internet Day offers the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology and to explore the role we all play in helping to create a better and safer online community.

12
FEB

Whole Nursery Chinese New Year (Year of the Ox)

Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is represented by a zodiac animal sign. Chinese New Year marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar, which differs from the Gregorian calendar. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year.

14
FEB

Whole Nursery Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Valentine’s Day is a Christian celebration known as the feast day of Saint Valentine signifying the celebration of love and affection held annually on February 14th. The custom of sending cards, flowers, chocolates and other gifts originated in the UK.

16
FEB

Whole Nursery Pancake Day

Pancake Day is also known around the world as Shrove Tuesday. It falls on the day before Ash Wednesday each year, the first day of Lent.

19
FEB

Whole Nursery Love Your Pet Day

Feeding and caring for a pet encourages childhood responsibility. Children with pets display improved impulse control, social skills and self-esteem. Kids with pets get outside more—to go for walks, run and play—and enjoy all the associated health benefits!

22
FEB

Whole Nursery Fairtrade Fortnight

Where does our food come from? The foods we eat are produced all around the world. Think about some of the different snacks you might have during your break times at school. Get the children thinking about where their food comes from, it’s worth reminding them that Fairtrade is all about helping the farmers in other countries who grow our food to earn enough money, because many of them are so poor they can’t even feed their own families.

01
MAR

Whole Nursery St David's Day

St David’s Day is celebrated in Wales and by Welsh people throughout the world on 1st March. Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus! means ‘Happy St David’s Day’ in Welsh. It was declared Wales’ national day of celebration in the 18th Century and it is still celebrated throughout the country. According to legend, St David ordered Britons to wear leeks in their helmets so that they could recognise each other during battle with Saxon invaders.

04
MAR

Whole Nursery World Book Day

World Book Day It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world.

08
MAR

Whole Nursery Mothers Day

Mothering Sunday, sometimes known as Mother’s Day, is held on the fourth Sunday of Lent. It is exactly three weeks before Easter Sunday and usually falls in the second half of March or early April. Mother’s Day, or Mothering Sunday, is now a day to honour mothers and other mother figures, such as grandmothers, stepmothers and mothers-in-law.

17
MAR

Whole Nursery St Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day occurs annually on March 17 in observance of the death of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. St. Patrick’s Day. St Patrick’s Day is a global celebration of Irish culture on or around March 17.

19
MAR

Whole Nursery Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is a great way to get your children involved in giving to charities and those less fortunate than themselves. Since its launch in 1988, Red Nose Day has become something of a British institution. It’s the day when people across the land can get together and raise money at home, school and work.

29
MAR

Whole Nursery Easter holidays

Children who are term time will be absent these weeks.

29
MAR

Whole Nursery Holi

Holi is a Hindu festival that marks the arrival of spring. Known widely as the Festival of Colour, it takes place over two days, and is a celebration of fertility, colour, and love, as well as the triumph of good versus evil. A colourful festival, with dancing, singing, and throwing of powder paint and coloured water

02
APR

Whole Nursery Good Friday

Good Friday is a Christian holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary. The date varies from one year to the next. Some countries have laws prohibiting dancing and horse racing that are seen as not appropriate to the solemn nature of the day, Church services are held. Different countries have different traditions. Hot Cross Buns are traditionally eaten on Good Friday in the Britain and Australia.

04
APR

Whole Nursery Easter Sunday

Easter Sunday or Easter Day is the most important day of the year for Christians. It is when they celebrate that three days after being killed Jesus rose from the dead and defeated evil forever. The Easter Day is the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the March equinox. Churches are filled with flowers on Easter Day, these represent new life. Priests wear their brightest robes in celebration.

12
APR

Whole Nursery Ramadan

The Muslim festival of Ramadan is a holy month of fasting, prayer, reading the Qur’an, refraining from bad behavior, and doing acts if charity. During the month of Ramadan, Muslims won’t eat or drink between dawn and sunset. This is called fasting. Not everybody fasts during Ramadan. Children, pregnant women, the elderly and those who are ill or who are travelling don’t have to fast.

19
APR

Whole Nursery The Big Pedal Fortnight

The Big Pedal is the UK’s largest inter-school cycling and scooter-based challenge that aims to inspire and empower kids, teachers and parents to get on two wheels in order to make the daily trek to school. The Big Pedal runs for ten school days each year.

23
APR

Whole Nursery St George's Day

Saint George was born in Turkey to a Turkish father and Palestinian mother. A Christian martyr, St George represents traditional English chivalry and bravery, even though he wasn’t English, and probably never set foot in this green and pleasant land. St George’s Day in England remembers St George, England’s patron saint. The anniversary of his death, which is on April 23, is seen as England’s national day.

01
MAY

Whole Nursery May Day

The first day of the month of May is known as May Day. It is the time of year when warmer weather begins and flowers and trees start to blossom. It is when people celebrate the coming of summer with lots of different customs that are expressions of joy and hope after a long winter. Traditional English May Day celebrations include Morris dancing, crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole.

04
MAY

Whole Nursery Deaf Awareness Week

Deaf Awareness Week is an annual event that will take place on the 4th-9th May 2021. Deafness and hearing loss can mean different things to different people. People use various words and terms to describe how they view their own deafness or hearing loss. Deaf Awareness Week is all about promoting the positive aspects of living with deafness. This event aims to raise awareness of the isolation that deaf people can occasionally experience, and promote the importance of social inclusion around the deaf community.

10
MAY

Whole Nursery Mental Health Week

It is important to invest in yourself, everyone needs time on their own to do something they want to do. When you take time for yourself you are able to reboot and refocus so actually you will save time and increase your productivity when you do it.

12
MAY

Whole Nursery Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr means “festival of breaking the fast” and marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. It is celebration for three days, and on the morning of the first day, Muslims gather for prayer. Eid is also infused with different traditions in different countries. Most people use the three days of Eid for visitations.

17
MAY

Whole Nursery Walk To School Week

A generation ago, 70% of us walked to school – now it’s less than half. Walk to School week has been running since 1995. Just 5 schools took part in the first Walk to School Week. 400,000 Children took part in Walk to School Week 2017!

08
JUN

Whole Nursery World Ocean Day

World Oceans Day takes place every year on the 8th June. This international celebration raises awareness of the importance of our oceans. The oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface. The oceans are home to millions of Earth’s plants and animals—from tiny single-celled organisms to the gargantuan blue whale the planet’s largest living animal. Fish, octopuses, squid, eels, dolphins, and whales swim the open waters. While crabs, octopuses, starfish, oysters, and snails crawl and scoot along the ocean bottom.  

20
JUN

Whole Nursery Father's Day

Father’s Day is celebrated worldwide to recognize the contribution that fathers and father figures make to the lives of their children.

20
JUN

Whole Nursery International Mud Day

International Mud Day is on 29th June. Let’s raise our cup of sloppy mud to all the good work practitioners do around the UK and internationally. Practitioners who encourage children to shake off modern restrictions, changing “don’t get dirty” to a much more positive “get dirty”.

01
JUL

Whole Nursery Canada Day

Canada Day marks the anniversary of the day the North American country’s three colonies, Canada, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, came together. The three colonies formed a Dominion that was part of the British Empire – and is now is a member of the Commonwealth. The union took place on 1 July, 1867, although Canada was not entirely independent of England until 1982. People celebrate with concerts, parades and firework displays.

04
JUL

Whole Nursery American Independence Day

Fourth of July – Independence Day celebrates the day the US secured independence from the British Empire after the Revolutionary War. It falls on the Fourth of July every year. People often celebrate with: hot dogs, beach parties, baseball games and fireworks.

19
JUL

Whole Nursery Eid al-Adha

Eid-ul-Adha (‘festival of Sacrifice’), also known as the Greater Eid, is the second most important festival in the Muslim calendar. The festival remembers the prophet Ibrahim’s willingness to sacrifice his son when God ordered him to. Eid usually starts with Muslims going to the Mosque for prayers, dressed in their best clothes, and thanking Allah for all the blessings they have received. It is also a time when they visit family and friends as well as offering presents.

06
SEP

Whole Nursery Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, literally meaning “head [of] the year”, is the Jewish New Year. The biblical name for this holiday is Yom Teruah, literally “day of shouting or blasting”.

13
SEP

Whole Nursery Roald Dahl Day

A day to celebrate the wonderful life of Roald Dahl. Born 1916 – Died 1990. Author of so many beloved children’s books such as : James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, Fantastic Mr Fox, BFG plus many more. He still remains for many the world’s No: 1 storyteller.

16
SEP

Whole Nursery Mexican Independence Day

Mexican Independence Day celebrates Mexico’s fight for independence from Spanish rule. On September 16th, 1810, a Catholic priest called Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla delivered a passionate speech in front of the Nuestra Señora de los Dolores church imploring native Mexicans to overthrow the Spanish.

19
SEP

Whole Nursery Talk like a Pirate Day

Talk like a Pirate Day was created in 1995 by John Bauer (Ol’ Chumbucket) and Mark Summers (Cap’n Slappy), who proclaimed September 19th each year as the day when everyone in the world should talk like a pirate. Fantastic opportunity for some fun fancy dress !!!

20
SEP

Whole Nursery Recycle Week

Recycling with kids is incredibly important to do, and a good concept to promote as parents and educators. Recycling 1 ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity. Ideas for activities : Junk Robot,  Make a Bird Feeder, Junk Model Spacecraft.

04
OCT

Whole Nursery World Animal Day

The mission of World Animal Day, according to the official World Animal Day website is to raise the status of animals in order to improve welfare standards around the globe.

04
OCT

Whole Nursery World Space Week

World Space Week is celebrated  4th – 10th October schools around the world. A week long festival that will inspire young astronauts about the wonderful world of space. From learning about the planets in our solar system to building a rocket set for the moon.

25
OCT

Whole Nursery Dussehra (Hindu festival)

The annual Hindu festival of Dussehra, or Vijayadashami as it’s alternatively known, symbolizing the victory of good over evil, began Thursday. Dussehra is celebrated on the 10th day of the month known as Ashwin in the Hindu calendar.

31
OCT

Whole Nursery Halloween

The word Halloween literally means the evening before All Hallows Day or All Saint’s Day, celebrated on November 1. Halloween is also the shortened name of Allhalloween, All Hallows’ Evening and All Saint’s Eve which is celebrated on October 31. The origin and meaning of Halloween is derived from ancient Celtic harvest festival. Halloween activities include trick-or-treating, attending Halloween costume parties, carving pumpkins into jack-o’-lanterns, lighting bonfires, apple bobbing, divination games, playing pranks, visiting haunted attractions.

01
NOV

Whole Nursery Dia De Los Muertos

Also known as Day of the Dead, it’s a holiday when families celebrate and remember friends and family who have passed away. This tradition originated in Mexico and is celebrated at the beginning of November.

03
NOV

Whole Nursery Diwali

Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, is the most popular of all the festivals from South Asia. It is also the occasion for celebrations by Jains and Sikhs as well as Hindus. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, meaning “rows of lighted lamps”. Houses, shops and public places are decorated with small oil lamps called diyas. People also enjoy fireworks and sweets too, so it’s really popular with children

05
NOV

Whole Nursery Bonfire Night
In Britain, 5 November is Bonfire Night, the anniversary of a plot to kill the king. In 1605 a man called Guy Fawkes was part of a plan to blow up the English parliament, but he was discovered and didn’t succeed. Bonfire Night is a great time to celebrate a tradition in the UK and enjoy a firework and bonfire display in your local area. It is something that is celebrated by all ages and by lots of families at the beginning of November.

10
NOV

Whole Nursery World Science Day

Children are naturally drawn to science-based activities. It’s ideal to tap into this natural enthusiasm as early on as possible by including science activities in preschool. • It fosters the desire to explore and experiment • It helps develop analytical and problem-solving skills • It nurtures an understanding of cause and effect, trial and error • It helps develop an understanding of the world

14
NOV

Whole Nursery Remembrance Sunday

In the UK and Commonwealth of Nations.  Remembrance Day is a day to commemorate the contribution of military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. At 11am a two minute silence is held to remember the people who died during wars around the world.

28
NOV

Whole Nursery Hannukah

Hanukkah (also Chanukah) is the Jewish Festival of Lights. The word Hanukkah means rededication. Every year, the celebration honors the hard-fought victory of those trying to keep their faith despite a powerful enemy. It is an eight-day holiday that will be celebrated this year starting at sundown.

10
DEC

Whole Nursery Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day   On Save the Children’s Christmas Jumper Day, all over the country, thousands of people will be donning their daftest, most wonderful jumpers – all for a good cause. Ask the children to wear a Christmas Jumper on the 10th December.

25
DEC

Whole Nursery Christmas Day

Christmas is an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ, observed primarily on December 25 as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

31
DEC

Whole Nursery New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is celebrated on 31st December observed by users of the Gregorian calendar around the world who have been celebrating the start of each new year for at least four millennia. It is often observed with fireworks at the stroke of midnight as the new year starts in each time zone. In Scotland, New Year’s Eve is called Hogmanay. 

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