Mia Bevins, aged 4; and Calvin Smith Hayes, aged 3.
Early Childhood Ireland, the national representative body for the early years sector is calling on childcare services in Kildare to get involved in their annual fundraising drive – National Pyjama Day.
Taking place on May 10, 2019 the Day will see thousands of children nationwide sponsored by their families to wear their pyjamas to preschool on that date.
Once they arrive at preschool, participating children will take part in activities such as ‘PJ picnics’, den-building, pillow fights, bear hunts, and storytelling.
All funds raised will then be donated to charities that work with children with additional needs.
“60 childcare services in Kildare were involved in our initiative last year,” said CEO Teresa Heeney. “We hope to build on that number this year so we’re calling on all childcare services in Kildare to register now and get involved.
Early Childhood Ireland is calling on early-years services nationwide to register their interest in getting involved now at: www.earlychildhoodireland.ie All participating services receive an event pack from Early Childhood Ireland – with posters, a collection box, collection envelopes, balloons and stickers.
All funds raised through National Pyjama Day go to the Early Childhood Ireland National Pyjama Day Fund. The Fund is administered with support from the Community Foundation for Ireland.
Any charities working in Ireland with children with additional needs (aged 0-6) can apply to the Fund for support. Last year, six charities were awarded funding amounting to almost €280,000 in the aftermath of National Pyjama Day: Down Syndrome Ireland, Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland, the Irish Neonatal Health Alliance, Temple Street Foundation, AsIAm, and ReCreate.