Awareness days/weeks to celebrate in ECE

Celebrating awareness days/weeks at the ECE service can be lots of fun. You can raise awareness of different topics. You can also use it as a conversation starter when talking to children about various subjects and concepts.

Are there any particular awareness days you would like to see here? Which days do you celebrate at your ECE service? Let us know what you think we should add.

Te Whāriki

Celebrating awareness days supports the Belonging strand of Te Whāriki. In particular it supports these 2 goals:

Goal 1: Children and their families experience an environment where they can affirm and extend connecting links with the family and the wider world.

Goal 3: Children and their families experience an environment where they feel comfortable with the routines, customs and regular events.







  • Teddy Bear Picnic day
    Tuesday, 10 July 2018
  • World population day
    Wednesday, 11 July 2018
  • International day of friendship
    Monday, 30 July 2018


  • Cook Island Language Week
  • Eid al-Adha
    Wednesday, 22 August 2018
    Check for celebrations in your area





  • Christmas Day
    Tuesday, 25 December 2018

These are suggestions only, you can always reach out to your families and whānau to find out what other days might be good to celebrate.

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