Big Toddle FAQ's

Answers to some frequently asked questions about Barnardos Big Toddle

Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about Barnardos Big Toddle

Q: How does Barnardos Big Toddle work?

Once you’ve registered to take part, we will send you a Big Toddle Little Heroes pack with everything you need to organise your own event. You’ll receive a sticker and Little Heroes mask/hat for each child, along with a fun colouring competition for your group. We encourage all the children to work together to enter the Big Toddle Colouring Competition for a chance to win super prizes for your group. Your pack will also contain a poster so you can let everyone know the details of your Big Toddle, as well as a helpful guide, which will help to inspire your fundraising and help to make your Big Toddle a super fun day for everyone. 

We’ll provide you with plenty of inspiring and creative ideas to make your Big Toddle a fun opportunity for your little ones to learn.

Toddle time is May & June and you can decide when and where you’ll hold your Big Toddle within those months. Events can take place outdoors in a play-area or garden, or you can Toddle in your local park of along a nature trail, subject to your own insurance. If you can’t take your Toddle outdoors, don’t worry! Our helpful guide will provide ideas on how you can bring your event indoors and still have lots of fun!  

Big Toddle Packs are available in English and Irish. If you are a Not for Profit group, you can keep 25% of the money you raise to support your group.  

Once you’ve held your Big Toddle and returned your fundraising we’ll send you a very special Big Toddle Little Heroes Certificate for your group.  

Q: I just signed up, now what?

Check your emails - if you haven't received an email from Rachel (our Chief Toddler!) check your spam and all the other email tabs. If you still haven't received an email please get in touch with Rachel on [email protected].


Q: What distance do we have to Toddle?

A: Toddles are usually a half-mile which can take place outdoors in a play-area or garden – but the distance and location are up to you. You can Toddle in your local park or along a nature trail if you wish, just check your own groups insurance first.

If you’re toddling at home, you can toddle a shorter distance around your garden or living room.

Q: How do I raise money for Barnardos?

Raising sponsorship money couldn’t be easier! Your pack will contain a sponsorship envelope for each child in your group which they can bring home to raise sponsorship from grandparents, aunts and uncles, friends and neighbours.

If you have a Facebook page for your group, you can create an online sponsorship page by setting up a Facebook fundraiser. Facebook Fundraising is quick, secure and all the money comes directly to Barnardos. Facebook also do not take a fee. It's easy to set up, just click this link and follow the steps

Make sure to set the end date to after your Toddle event, and be sure to add “Big Toddle 2023” to the title, then share the page with your Facebook friends.

Q: Where will my sponsorship go?

All funds raised go directly to supporting Barnardos’ core work. The funds you and your little ones raise will support our Early Years services – programmes that ensure some of the youngest and most vulnerable children we work with are best prepared for the transition to ‘big school’.

Q: How do I get my free Toddle pack?

Simply complete the registration form and we will send you out a Big Toddle pack with all you need to take part!

Any other questions?

Any other questions? Get in touch with our Big Toddle team on 01 453 0355 or email [email protected]