National Children's Day will celebrate childhood

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Held on 13 May, National Children’s Day UK 2018 will celebrate the 'magic' of childhood but also aims to highlight the pressures children face today.


The Save Childhood Movement, which established National Children’s Day UK in 2013, is encouraging people to run any kind of big or small event they want on the day itself or in the preceding week, to raise awareness about things they care about or projects they are running.

From small family outings to whole school and community events, local authority initiatives, talks, seminars and city-wide celebrations, participants are encouraged to share what they are up to online at or using the hashtag #NCDUK2018.

Children's Day was first established in 1954 by the UN General Assembly to be a day of worldwide fraternity and understanding between children.

While most other countries celebrate Children’s Day on the 20 November, the date nominated by the United Nations, in the UK it is celebrated at the beginning of summer.

National Children’s Day UK aims to encourage a growing collaboration of individuals and organisations that share concerns about societal values and wellbeing and the erosion of childhood.


Wendy Ellyatt, chief executive of the Save Childhood Movement, said, ‘Children in the modern world are experiencing pressures that were unknown to previous generations.

‘National Children’s Day UK provides a wonderful opportunity for people to highlight things that are going on in the lives of children and families and issues that they care about.

‘We hope everyone will use the day as a platform to celebrate everything that is magical about childhood, but to also shine a light on any problems and what we can do to alleviate them.’

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