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07th Nov 2023

The countdown to National Pyjama Day is on – and it’s all for a good cause


Have you ever wanted to go to school in your pyjamas?

You wouldn’t be alone if you do but now your children have the perfect excuse to do so – and it’s all for charity.

On Friday the 17th of November over 60,000 children across the country are expected to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day.


To date, Early Childhood Ireland’s National Pyjama Day activities have raised more than €4 million for selected projects and charities.

This year, proceeds will go to autism charity AsIAm’s ‘Child and Family Support Programme’ which provides group-based support and advocacy for autistic children and their families.

Funds raised will also go to a new ‘Eco-Emotions’ project for Early Years and School Age Care educators.


Developed by Early Childhood Ireland in response to member feedback, the programme will support children to show care for themselves, each other, their communities and their environment.

Speaking about the upcoming event, Teresa Heeney, CEO of Early Childhood Ireland said: “In our 20th  year, we’re expecting this to be our biggest National Pyjama Day yet.

“It wouldn’t be possible without our brilliant members who make the day so special for children with teddy bear picnics, pillow fights, bear hunts and lots more.


“And we are so grateful to the parents and other family members who generously support this fun and impactful day.”

Early Childhood Ireland members can continue to register for National Pyjama Day until 16th November on the website here.

All participating services receive an event pack including posters, a National Pyjama Day storybook for each child, sponsorship envelopes and stickers.