386 children in Longford to take part in National Pyjama Day

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386 children in Longford to take part in National Pyjama Day

This week will see 10 early childcare services and 386 children in Longford taking part in the annual fundraising event, National Pyjama Day, which kicks off this Friday, May 5.

They will join thousands of children nationwide, sponsored by their families, by wearing their pyjamas to preschool. So far, 59,000 children and 1,133 early childcare services across the country have registered to take part.

National Pyjama Day is organised by Early Childhood Ireland, the national representative body for the early years sector. Once participating children arrive at preschool on Friday, they 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.

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Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland, said: “We’re thrilled that so many early childcare services around the country, including 10 childcare services and 386 children in Longford, are on board for National Pyjama Day this Friday. Since National Pyjama Day began, pre-school children and their families have raised over €3 million to help support children with additional needs.

“The beauty of this initiative is that it’s all about children helping children. Each year, we’ve seen how much children love getting involved – they get such a kick out of wearing their PJs for an entire day in pre-school, but they also love the fact that, by doing so, they’re helping other children too.”

Childcare services can register to take part, on or before 10th May and can download the relevant  fundraising materials from the Early Childhood Ireland website: https://www. earlychildhoodireland.ie/work/ national-pyjama-day/

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.