01
MAY

Whole Nursery National Walking Month

In May schools around the world take part in the National Walk to School Month to help encourage walking as a form of exercise that is good for your health to children, the event is organised by the British Heart Foundation, and they encourage fun events and activities in school to raise donations for the charity.

01
MAY

Whole Nursery Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month is the month-long celebration of community that takes place across the United Kingdom.

16
MAY

Whole Nursery National Vegetarian Week

National Vegetarian Week runs from 16 – 22nd May 2022 and is an annual event to educate people about the benefits of a meat-free diet.

During National Vegetarian Week people are encouraged to try going meat-free for a week, with vibrant and exciting vegetarian recipes being promoted and shared.

17
MAY

Whole Nursery National Smile Month

National Smile Month is a large campaign to promote good oral healthcare. It is also the longest-running campaign of this kind. Its aim is to educate, motivate and communicate the numerous positives that come with looking after your teeth and mouth.

29
MAY

Whole Nursery National Biscuit Day 2022

National Biscuit Day is a chance to celebrate the humble biscuit. You might be surprised to hear that biscuits are recorded as an essential source of nutrition to many different people and civilisations throughout history.

30
MAY

Whole Nursery Bike Week 2022

Held during June each year, Bike Week is an event which seeks to raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and aims to get people on their bikes.

01
JUN

Whole Nursery Pride Month

Pride Month takes place every year in June and is a celebration designed to recognise the influence of the LGBTQ+ community. Celebrating diversity and people’s right to live how they choose without discrimination, Pride Month promotes positivity and equal rights for all.

01
JUN

Whole Nursery Global Day of Parents

Global Day of Parents is a day designed to celebrate parenthood and the bond between parents and children around the world.

Global Day of Parents provides an opportunity to appreciate all parents for their “selfless commitment to children and their lifelong sacrifice towards nurturing this relationship” and creating a family environment with an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

02
JUN

Whole Nursery The Queen's Platinum Jubilee

The Queen will be celebrating her Platinum Jubilee throughout the year 2022 to mark her historic 70-year reign. The United Kingdom, the Commonwealth and others around the world will be invited to come together to celebrate this momentous occasion.

08
JUN

Whole Nursery World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day happens every year on the 8th of June. More than 140 countries take part and pledge to consider the importance of the ocean. And how we can protect it.

13
JUN

Whole Nursery Healthy Eating Week 2022

Healthy Eating Week aims to promote healthy eating, drinking and physical activity. By doing all these, we hope everyone can achieve a healthier way of living.
Each year, the BNF release a new set of health aims. They have 7, one for each day of the week, and draw focus to one of them each day.

19
JUN

Whole Nursery Father's Day

On Father’s Day, people of the UK honour and pay tribute to the father or father figures in their lives.  Families will often get together to share meals and stories. To thank their dads for the love and support they’ve shown them over the years.

19
JUN

Whole Nursery National School Sport Week

National School Sport Week was created by the children’s charity, the Youth Sport Trust. It began in 2008, and has run every year since.

21
JUN

Whole Nursery World Music Day

World Music Day, also known as La Fête de la Musique, celebrates music in all its forms, and the importance of music in people’s lives. It is celebrated annually on the 21st June, during the summer solstice, with thousands of free public events taking place in over 700 cities.

21
JUN

Whole Nursery International Yoga Day

International Yoga Day is celebrated on 21st June, coinciding with the summer solstice. It was proposed by India and supported by a record 175 member states. Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister who proposed it, stated that, “Yoga is not just about exercise; it is a way to discover the sense of oneness with yourself, the world and the nature.”

27
JUN

Whole Nursery Children's Art Week 2022

Children’s Art Week is run by Engage – the National Association for Gallery Education. During this time, schools, art galleries, museums and community groups are encouraged to plan and provide art activities and events with the goal of providing opportunities for children, young people and families to take part in practical activities with artists and art educators.

20
JUL

Whole Nursery Eid-Al-Adha

Eid Al-Adha is celebrated on the tenth day of Dhul-Hijjah (the twelfth and final month of the Islamic lunar calendar) and is considered to be one of the holiest festivals in the Islamic calendar. Eid Al-Adha is also known as the ‘Festival of Sacrifice’ and commemorates Allah’s test of the prophet Ibrahim’s devotion. Allah asks Ibrahim to sacrifice his son but replaces him with a ram instead.

28
JUL

Whole Nursery The Commonwealth Games

The Commonwealth Games is an international multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930, and, except for 1942 and 1946, which were cancelled due to World War II, has taken place every four years since then. The most recent Commonwealth Games were held in Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia, in 2018.

30
JUL

Whole Nursery International Day of Friendship 2022

International Day of Friendship is a day to appreciate and promote friendships from all backgrounds.  International Day of Friendship promotes the idea that fostering friendships between peoples, countries, cultures and individuals can inspire peace and build bridges between those communities.

19
AUG

Whole Nursery World Humanitarian Day

World Humanitarian Day takes place on 19th August and is dedicated to recognising humanitarian people and those who lost their lives working for humanitarian causes. The day also pays tribute to those who have sacrificed their time and risked their lives in order to support and deliver aid to people worldwide undergoing many humanitarian crises.

04
SEP

Whole Nursery Soccer Aid 2022

Soccer Aid is like no other game of football, we really mean it. Over the last 12 years, the £30 million raised by Soccer Aid has enabled UNICEF to help more children than any other humanitarian organization.

05
SEP

Whole Nursery International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity is an internationally celebrated day on 5th September. It was first introduced by the United Nations.

The aim of the International Day of Charity is to raise awareness and give a platform to charity activities around the world for charitable, individuals and volunteer organisations at local, national and international levels.

International Day of Charity seeks to enhance social responsibility and increase public support of charitable causes.

06
SEP

Whole Nursery National Read A Book Day

Celebrated annually on the 6th September, National Read a Book Day is an annual awareness day that encourages all of us to take a break and get reading, either curled up on the sofa or with family and friends.

06
SEP

Whole Nursery Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, also known as the Jewish New Year. It is an autumn or fall holiday, at the beginning of the month of Tishrei, which is actually the seventh month of the Jewish year (counting from Nisan in the spring). This Jewish holiday celebrates the completion of another year, and the beginnings of a new year. It is also the time for rejoicing, and reflecting.

08
SEP

Whole Nursery International Literacy Day

International Literacy Day 2022 will focus on Literacy teaching and learning in the COVID-19 crisis and beyond, with a focus on the role of educators and changing teaching practices. This means that this year the day is more relevant than ever to teachers and the challenges of teaching literacy that COVID-19 has brought, and future-proof approaches to teaching that might be adopted.

12
SEP

Whole Nursery Disability Awareness Day

Disability Awareness Day is a yearly event that aims to spread information and promote services that are available to help disabled people to live more independently.

13
SEP

Whole Nursery Roald Dahl Story Day

Roald Dahl lived an extraordinary and successful life. He wrote twenty children’s books and published forty-eight books in total over the course of his lifetime. But he was also a chocolate historian and medical inventor. And, during the Second World War he served in the Royal Air Force as a fighter pilot and a spy. Whilst working for MI6 Roald Dahl worked alongside Ian Fleming, the author of James Bond!

13
SEP

Whole Nursery Jeans for Genes Day!

Jeans for Genes Day is a chance to raise money for children affected by a genetic disorder. From Monday 13th to Friday 19th September, get your nursery, school or workplace to wear their jeans and raise funds to support children with genetic disorders.

19
SEP

Whole Nursery Talk Like a Pirate Day!

International Talk Like A Pirate Day is an annual event celebrated internationally on September 19th 2022. The day aims to support families living with cancer by spending the day talking and acting like a pirate in school. Talk Like A Pirate Day can be celebrated by dressing up (or not) and taking your pirate lingo for a spin. It is a great opportunity to embrace the pirate theme with some fun classroom activities.

19
SEP

Whole Nursery Recycle Week

Recycle Week is an annual event designed to celebrate and promote the benefits of recycling. It creates opportunities for us all to implement positive change that will help protect our planet. Recycle Week encourages people to recycle more through advertising campaigns and partnerships with big companies and well-known brands.

22
SEP

Whole Nursery National Fitness Day

During National Fitness Day, people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities come together for a day full of active challenges that aim to make people feel more positive about exercise and their bodies. Working out how to approach fitness can be intimidating, so this event is a great opportunity to motivate people to get fit and make healthier choices. Our health and wellbeing are incredibly valuable, so it’s important to raise awareness and remind people to put their fitness first!

25
SEP

Whole Nursery World’s Biggest Coffee Morning

It is a fundraising event for the Macmillan Cancer Support. It’s an annual event and anyone can host, and anyone can attend. In the spirit of the Macmillan Cancer Support’s ambition, the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning is all about helping people through cancer as people, not patients. What’s a better way to do just that than raising a cuppa, enjoying some savouries and engaging in a social gathering?

26
SEP

Whole Nursery European Day of Languages

The European Day of Languages is a celebration of the amazing number and variety of languages spoken across Europe. Schools and organisations mark the event every year with a European languages day to promote language learning and to celebrate the linguistic and cultural diversity of Europe.

01
OCT

Whole Nursery Black History Month

Black History Month provides great opportunities to highlight key moments in Black British history. It is important to celebrate the contributions of everyone to our society and support the multiculturalism and diversity that helps shape our communities.

01
OCT

Whole Nursery International School Library Month

Spanning the entirety of October, International School Library Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate your school library!

01
OCT

Whole Nursery World Smile Day

World Smile Day will take place on the 1st of October 2022. The idea of the day is to do a simple act of kindness for someone to make them simile. If we all make the effort to do one thing to make each other smile, we’ll all be grinning in no time.

03
OCT

Whole Nursery Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival is a traditional event celebrating the successful gathering of the year’s crops. Often celebrated in churches and schools, people are encouraged to donate homegrown produce, fruit and vegetables to those in need. The Harvest Festival is a time for feasting, celebrating and giving thanks. It is also a time for honouring those who grow and reap crops.

03
OCT

Whole Nursery Grandparents' Day

According to the National Grandparents Day website, the aim of National Grandparents Day is:  to honour grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.

03
OCT

Whole Nursery World Space Week

World Space Week will be held from October 4-10, 2022. It is an annual event that celebrates science and technology and their impact on the development of the human condition. The event begins on the 4th to commemorate the launch of the first human-made satellite (Sputnik 1) on October 4th 1957. It ends on the 10th to honour the signing of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies on 10th October 1967. World Space Week aims to educate people on the benefits they receive from space, gain public support for space programmes and encourage the use of space for sustainable economic development.

04
OCT

Whole Nursery World Animal Day

World Animal Day is observed every year on the 4th of October. Its purpose is to promote the rights of animals and to raise the standard of animal welfare across the world. On World Animal Day, events are organised by community and interest groups, businesses and individuals to educate people about animal welfare-related issues.

05
OCT

Whole Nursery World Teachers' Day

World Teachers’ Day is celebrated around the world on the 5th of October. It is also known by some as International Teachers’ Day. The event was established in 1994, and it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the status of teachers.

06
OCT

Whole Nursery National Poetry Day

National Poetry Day is an annual event which takes place across the whole of the UK in celebration of poetry. The day is intended to help people discover and enjoy poetry and encourage everyone to read, write, and share poems.

16
OCT

Whole Nursery World Food Day

World Food Day is celebrated every year around the world on the 16th October; the date that the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FOA) was founded in 1945. First commemorated by the FOA in 1979, World Food Day aims to promote healthy diets and eradicate hunger issues by 2030.

23
OCT

Whole Nursery Rugby League World Cup

The RLWC is an international tournament where the most prominent men’s national teams compete against each other for the Paul Barrière Trophy. The event first took place in 1954 and since then there were 13 world cups held to celebrate the sport of rugby. The number of teams, rounds and hosting rules got changed quite a lot over the time.

25
OCT

Whole Nursery International Artist Day

Since 2004 International Artist Day celebrates artists world-wide and aims to raise awareness to their ever lasting contribution to society. No matter the art form, the country or the era they were active in, the event urges for appreciation towards all artists. And what started out as a smaller initiative to honour art and creativity has now become a major annual event with numerous aspects to it.

31
OCT

Whole Nursery Halloween

Halloween is celebrated by people dressing up in various types of costumes and going door to door and collecting candy from neighbours! The tradition originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts.

01
NOV

Whole Nursery Day of the Dead / Día de los Muertos

Day of the Dead is the English name for the Mexican festival Día de los Muertos. It is a celebration during which the dead are honoured. Surprisingly, it’s not a sombre and melancholy time, but a time of rejoicing and memories.

04
NOV

Whole Nursery Diwali

Diwali, also known as the festival of lights, is a five-day celebration originating from the Indian subcontinent. One of the most popular festivals in India, Hindus, Sikhs and Jains from across the world celebrate in a number of ways.

05
NOV

Whole Nursery Guy Fawkes Night

Guy Fawkes Night, or Bonfire Night, is an annual event held on the 5th November every year. It commemorates the discovery of the Gunpowder plot in 1605.

07
NOV

Whole Nursery Maths Week

Maths Week sets out to encourage children to pursue maths by promoting a more positive and inclusive approach. This is in order to allow children from all social backgrounds to access and enjoy the wonders of mathematics, which are many!

10
NOV

Whole Nursery World Science Day

World Science Day happens every year on November 10th. It was started as a way of opening up the world of scientific research and discovery to engage everybody in current scientific issue and developments — like artificial intelligence or renewable energy. World Science Day aims to show that — although you may not be a scientist or a researcher — science is all around you and is a part of everybody’s life. By making science more accessible, World Science Day is one way in which science can be used to inspire people to study and participate in it.

11
NOV

Whole Nursery Remembrance Day

Remembrance Day is an annual event, where we remember all the people who have lost their lives while serving in the armed forces. It’s also called Armistice Day or Poppy Day.

13
NOV

Whole Nursery World Kindness Day

World Kindness Day is a yearly event created to celebrate kindness and all of its wonderful benefits. It’s a fantastic opportunity to promote acceptance, diversity and love!

14
NOV

Whole Nursery World Nursery Rhyme Week

Celebrating the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood, over 4 million children from 106 countries around the world have taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week since its launch in 2013.

World Nursery Rhyme Week was founded by Music Bugs, a company who specialises in interactive, sensory, music and singing classes for early years babies, toddlers and children, to promote the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and education.

18
NOV

Whole Nursery BBC Children in Need

BBC Children in Need is a charity that provides grants and funding to projects based in the UK that have the aim of helping disadvantaged young people. This help comes in a wide variety of forms. For example, a lot of Children in Need’s invaluable work involves supporting charities that help children who have been affected by poverty, disabilities, abuse, and mental health difficulties.

20
NOV

Whole Nursery Universal Children's Day

Universal Children’s Day is celebrated annually on 20th November. Its goal is to improve child welfare worldwide, promote and celebrate children’s rights and promote togetherness and awareness amongst all children.

25
NOV

Whole Nursery Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a national holiday celebrated every year in the United States of America on the fourth Thursday in November. Family and friends gather to cook a large meal with traditional dishes and spend time together.

27
NOV

Whole Nursery National Tree Week

It was originally called Plant A Tree in ‘73, and started in (you guessed it!) 1973 in response to Dutch Elm Disease – a tree disease that stops them from getting water properly. It’s all about getting lots of communities to do more to help their local environment by planting as many trees as they can.

27
NOV

Whole Nursery Advent

Advent is a season observed in many Christian churches as a time of waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Advent begins on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day and ends on Christmas Eve.

28
NOV

Whole Nursery Hanukkah

Hanukkah, also called the Festival of Lights, is an eight-day long Jewish festival beginning on the 25th day of Kislev on the Hebrew Calendar (usually from late November to late December).

30
NOV

Whole Nursery St Andrew's Day

St. Andrew’s Day is a national holiday in Scotland that is celebrated with feasts and festivals on November 30 every year. It’s also Scotland’s national day, which marks the beginning of Scotland as a nation.

01
DEC

Whole Nursery Christingle

A Christingle, meaning “Christ child” is an object used in Christianity during Advent. Typically, they are oranges, decorated with pieces of dried fruit or sweets and with a candle attached.

10
DEC

Whole Nursery Christmas Jumper Day

The festive Christmas Jumper Day will be celebrated on the 10th of December 2021. On this day, every parent, child, and teacher are encouraged to bring their festive spirit (and a £1 donation) through the school gates in the form of their favourite Christmas jumper. Those taking part can wear a Christmas jumper they already own, decorate an existing jumper with festive decorations, or even knit their own.

24
DEC

Whole Nursery Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve occurs every year on the 24 December, the day before Christmas Day, which is the day that celebrates the birth of Jesus. Countries around the world have special celebrations and customs which take place on this day.

25
DEC

Whole Nursery Christmas Day

Christmas Day is a Christian holiday which celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ. Though, in more recent decades, Christmas Day has become a day to spend time with family and friends, give gifts and eat large, traditional meals.

26
DEC

Whole Nursery Boxing Day

Boxing Day is celebrated on the 26th of December and is a national holiday that always occurs on the day after Christmas. The concept of Boxing Day originated in England in the middle of the nineteenth century under Queen Victoria.

31
DEC

Whole Nursery New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve is celebrated on the last day of each year on the 31st of December for countries that follow the Gregorian calendar.

Some countries have their own special New Year’s Eve celebrations with their own unique names. For example, Scotland celebrates ‘Hogmanay’ where an all-night festival takes place in Edinburgh, its capital city. Wales also has its own festive period called ‘Calennig’. Celebrations, held in Cardiff, include live music, fairground rides and fireworks.

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