Frequently asked questions


What is the Barnardo's Big Toddle?

A Big Toddle is a short sponsored walk that you can organise in your local area to help transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children.


Who is the Big Toddle for?

A Big Toddle is for little people. Children for all ages and abilities can enjoy a Toddle,and the younger ones can still be part of the fun from their pushchairs!

Anyone can organise a Big Toddle, from nurseries and playgroups to childminders and parents.

If you work in early years education, the Big Toddle is an ideal activity as it links perfectly with the EYFS framework and we provide free learning resources.


How far is the walk?

Most groups find around half a mile is about right for young children, but you can choose whatever distance you think is most suitable for your little ones.


When does it take place?

Most people organise their Big Toddle during Toddle Week (18–24 June 2018) but you can hold your event at another time if that’s more convenient for you.


Where does my fundraising go?

The money you raise will help Barnardo’s to transform the lives of the UK’s most vulnerable children. We believe a child’s future should never be defined by their past. No matter what they have been through, every child deserves to play, learn and live a happy life. With your support, we’ll make sure this happens.

For every £1 you raise, 91p goes directly to helping vulnerable children. The rest is spent on our governance and on fundraising activity that allows us to raise the next £1 and continue our work!


When will I get my fundraising pack and what does it include?

You will get instant access to your online fundraising pack – look out for your welcome email with the link to your pack. You’ll get a handy fundraising guide, event invitations, posters, sponsor forms, certificates and activity guides.

You can order medals or balloons for your Big Toddle by calling 0800 008 7005.

You can also order a personalised Teletubbies T-shirt for your little one, or other fabulous Teletubbies goodies.


Where can I get more sponsorship forms?

This year’s materials, including sponsorship forms, can all be found online once you’ve registered, so you can easily print off as many sponsor forms and other materials as you need or photocopy extras.

You can order medals or balloons for your Big Toddle by calling 0800 008 7005.

You can also order a personalised Teletubbies T-shirt for your little one, or other fabulous Teletubbies goodies.


How do I fundraise online?

It’s quick and easy to set up your JustGiving page, whether you are organising your own event, or are the parent/guardian of a child taking part in a Big Toddle at nursery. We simply ask that you check this handy guide and ensure you include your group’s name when setting up your fundraising page so we know who to thank for the money you raise. Once the donations are on your page, they will come straight to Barnardo’s so you won’t need to do anything else.


Will my own Big Toddle be covered by Barnardo's insurance?

Barnardo’s is unable to provide insurance for supporter-organised Toddles because we are not responsible for the organisation of your day. As we cannot monitor the health and safety provisions you make, no responsibility shall attach to Barnardo’s for any injury, accident, loss or damage. For guidance on matters relating to safeguarding or protecting children, please refer to either your organisational safeguarding procedures or your local safeguarding board. Please remember that you must check you are Toddling somewhere safe for young children, and ensure children are accompanied by a responsible adult at all times.


How do we pay in the money we raise?

You can pay in by phone with a credit or debit card, in person at the bank or by posting a cheque. Find full details on our Paying in page.

You can request a giro by emailing big.toddle@barnardos.org.uk or calling 0800 008 7005. Please tell us your reference number (which starts with ORN or SRN) when doing so – you’ll find this on Big Toddle correspondences such as letters or emails.

You can also fundraise or pay in online – check out our JustGiving guide for further details.


Any more questions?

If you can't find what you're looking for here, please email supporterrelations@barnardos.org.uk or call us on 0800 008 7005.