National Pyjama Day

National Pyjama Day is the largest one-day fundraising event organised by the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland. Now in its 15th year, the event has raised more than €2.75 million for charities that support children with additional needs.

National Pyjama Day

National Pyjama Day is the largest one-day fundraising event organised by the early childhood care and education sector in Ireland. Now in its 15th year, the event has raised more than €2.75 million for charities that support children with additional needs.

How does Pyjama Day work?

It is very simple. Children and staff in early years settings are sponsored to wear their pyjamas into the setting on National Pyjama Day. This is where the magic happens – children take part in dens, pillow fights, PJ picnics, Bear Hunts, storytelling, and nursery rhymes amid many other activities. Importantly, these activities are also an opportunity for settings to highlight the play-based, child-centred early years curriculum which underpins practice and nurtures children at this vital time in their young lives.

 

How are the funds managed?

The Pyjama Day Fund generally benefits charities that support children with additional needs under the age of 6. In previous years, Early Childhood Ireland worked with a designated recipient charity. In 2017, this was changed slightly. Henceforward, and based on the funds raised on the day, grant amounts will be awarded to a number of chosen charities. Early Childhood Ireland is supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland in the assessment and administration of these grants, with recipient charities announced in the autumn of 2018.

In 2017, we were delighted to award grants from the almost €200,000 raised on National Pyjama Day to six very worthy charities, each of which works with children under the age of 6 who have additional needs:

  • Down Syndrome Ireland
  • National Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation
  • DeafHear.ie
  • Irish Neonatal Health Alliance
  • Children in Hospital Ireland
  • ASiAM

These grants will benefit a range of projects undertaken by these charities, each of which will support children with additional needs and their families. For more read our press release

 

The Charity Selection Process

Early Childhood Ireland is supported by the Community Foundation for Ireland in the assessment and administration of grants. The Community Foundation for Ireland is a philanthropic organisation which seeks just and progressive social change. The Foundation empowers people and organisations who want to make a difference through a model of philanthropy that is based on trust, effectiveness, and impact. In 2016, the Foundation and its donors distributed almost €6 million to charitable causes in Ireland and overseas and reached the milestone of €30 million in cumulative grants since its establishment in 2000. 

The Community Foundation fulfils the role of independent third party in the grant process. A set of criteria is established for charities which apply for a grant from the fund. The Community Foundation assesses applications against these criteria. When the grants are paid out, the organisation ensures that they are properly administered. Grant recipients for the 2018 PJ Day Fund will be announced in the autumn.

Community Foundation CEO Tina Roche outlines the role of the organisation in PJ Day

 

Past Charity Partners

In previous years, charity partners have included:
• Irish Hospice Foundation
• Make A Wish Foundation
• Irish Autism Action
• Children in Hospital Ireland

 

National Pyjama Day 2018

This year’s National Pyjama Day takes place on Friday 9th March 2018. The theme for this year is Innovative Projects for Children with Additional Needs: Indoors and Outdoors. This is a great platform to discuss both indoor and outdoor play and how to create restful spaces for children in each. It is also an opportunity for children to show what makes a space restful and secure to them, and how they can personalise it according to their interests. 

On your behalf, we are working hard to secure national and local media coverage. National Pyjama Day is all about fun and enjoyment while raising funds for charitable causes. If you have a particularly good PJ Day story to share, get in touch and share the details – we’d love to help you engage your local media. National media is also hugely interested in PJ Day. If this is something you’d like to pursue, we’d be delighted to help.

Click here to read our Pyjama Day 2018 press release

 

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