After more than a year spent mainly indoors, children, families and nurseries are being urged to take a toddle on the wild side for Barnardo’s. 

In 2019, Barnardo’s annual Big Toddle fundraiser saw thousands of under-fives take part in short, sponsored ‘toddles’ to raise money for the UK’s largest children’s charity. 

But the Covid-19 pandemic meant that many of last year’s toddles were postponed or took place on a much smaller scale. 

Now, with the easing of coronavirus restrictions across the UK, the Big Toddle Week is back for 2021 from June 28th-July 4th and Barnardo’s, the UK’s leading children’s charity, is calling on children, families and nurseries to join in the fun in a Covid-secure way with safari-themed sponsored toddles.  

With lots of opportunities for creative dressing up and animal-themed early years learning resources available to those who register, this year’s Big Toddles are sure to be roar-some! 

Parents, carers and nurseries are encouraged to hold their very own Big Toddles to help raise money for Barnardo’s. These could be a community Big Toddle, one for family and friends or one organised by nurseries or primary schools. 

“The Big Toddle is a great example of how little feet can make a really big difference, and I’m delighted that we’ve been able to bring it back this year,” said Barnardo’s Chief Executive Javed Khan.  

“After an incredibly difficult period as a result of coronavirus, we hope our little supporters will enjoy taking part in the toddle with their friends and family, while staying safe at the same time.  

To register for the Big Toddle 2021, please visit