National Children’s Day UK promotes children’s freedoms, rights and the importance of childhood health and well-being. Normally, events are planned around the UK, focused on children and childhood. This year however, in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic, a new initiative is launching.

National Children’s Day UK (NCDUK2020) takes place this year on Sunday 17th May (and the week leading up to it). This year, children, their families and settings throughout the UK are being asked to reflect on what has been learnt over the last few months about the important things in life, and the small steps to take creating a kinder, more compassionate and connected world.


Small Steps, Big Learnings


Whether you are an individual, a family or an organisation, NCDUK2020 invite you to share with others the small steps that you want to take (or think we all should) and/or the big learnings that this year has brought you so far.

Linked with sustainability and global citizenship education, as rightful citizens of the world, they are keen for children from their earliest years to get involved and have their voice heard.

You could start by asking questions such as ‘What would you like to change’, ‘what do you miss’, ‘what makes you happy’, ‘how can we better protect nature’, and so on. It can be presented as a poster, painting, photo, poem, song, rap, dance, video, article, podcasts or a family manifesto…anything goes!

These can be submitted to The Children’s Voice website ( where they will be archived for all to see. Submissions will also be shared via social media platforms; follow along by searching #NCDUK2020. More information, inspiration and resources can also be found on the main National Children’s Day UK webpage.

MCI are delighted to be starting their National Children’s Day UK 2020 celebrations by hosting a webinar with Wendy Ellyat, founder of the Save Childhood Movement and National Children’s Day UK.

For the last thirty years Wendy has dedicated her time to exploring the unique qualities of human learning and development, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the early years and on what creates lives of meaning and purpose. Join us at 2pm BST on Monday 11 May; the session will be on both Zoom (join us here!) and live-streamed on MCI Facebook.