About Big Toddle

Registration for this year’s Toddle have now closed. Thank you for all those taking part and watch out for info on next year’s campaign!

What is a Big Toddle?

A Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk to raise money to help Barnardo’s transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.

Every year, thousands of Toddles take place across the UK, organised by nurseries, playgroups, childminders and parents. It’s the perfect pre-school activity – an active, educational day out and a chance for your little ones to have fun while making a massive difference to vulnerable children.

The money raised from your Big Toddles will help keep our 996 services running across the UK, including counselling for children who have been abused or exploited, and support for young carers and care leavers.

It’s so easy…

Get involved as a nursery or playgroup, or with family and friends in your local park! Register now for your free fundraising kit which includes everything you need for a brilliant Toddle – from posters and certificates to a handy guide.

You’ll also get great resources to help your little ones learn. It’s easy to link the Big Toddle to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, whether you work with children or want to support your child’s learning at home.

This year, we’ve teamed up with Teletubbies to celebrate our joint 20th anniversary, so you can have even more fun building up to your event!

20 years of making a massive difference


The Big Toddle started in 1997 so we’re celebrating our 20th birthday this year.


Last year, our little fundraisers collectively toddled enough miles to go around the world two and a half times!


The Big Toddle has raised over £14 million in total to help the children who need us most.


Fundraisers like the Big Toddle help Barnardo’s to support 248,000 children, young people, families and carers every year