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Early Years Calendar: The Global Day of Parents

June 1st 2021

The Global Day of Parents was established by the UN General Assembly in 2012 as a day to applaud those with the vital role of a parent. The term ‘parent’ refers to many different people; step-parents, foster parents, adoptive parents, grandparents, basically any one with parental responsibility over a child, biologically or otherwise.

The role of a parent is, albeit a tremendous privilege and pleasure, not an easy one by any means! So what better way to honour those raising future generations, then by dedicating a day to recognise the importance of their status.

Every single child in any Early Years setting will have a parent or carer in some capacity, so celebrating them in nurseries is something that all can get involved with. Here are a few ways children might enjoy showing their admiration:

· Cards and pictures- Creating artwork is a run of the mill activity for the early years, so thinking of a super special card or picture can really show appreciation. Putting in a little extra time to add a photograph of each child or using handprints and extra sparkles will make it stand out from the piles of artwork parents already regularly receive!

I love you, dad! Handsome young man at home with his little cute girl. Happy Father's Day!
Photographer: Bermix Studio | Source: Unsplash

· Gifts– Maybe in preference over a card or picture, a handmade gift could be more fitting. Be sure to choose a simple creation that all ages can take part in, like decorating a photo frame or small vase, baking cookies or making a sun catcher. All easy to make in a short amount of time.

Photographer: noor vasquez | Source: Unsplash

· Invite parents in- Covid policies permitting, inviting parents in for a short activity is a brilliant way for them to celebrate with their children and to also spend some valuable time their key workers. Perhaps joining them in the garden for a teddy bears picnic or coming in to bake some Rice Krispie cakes, or just joining in with story time? Trying to accommodate working parents is tricky, so offering multiple times and days is recommended.

Photographer: Rajiv Perera | Source: Unsplash

· Learn about parents– many children will assume from much of the information and experiences that they encounter that parents consist of a “mummy” and a “daddy”, but as households adapt and new family structures emerge, this day should be used to teach them about the diversity of families. Looking through appropriate stories, looking at other cultures and having simple conversations about who is in our own families, will allow them to develop more understanding about how unique each family is.

Parenting is a beautiful challenge and while there is the ever-popular Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, some more recognition might be needed for all of the amazing parents and carers out there. Be sure to get stuck in on June 1st to celebrate all those remarkable carers around the globe.