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World Teachers’ Day marks an important time to show appreciation and thank teachers for all that they do each and every day. Teachers have never been more wanted or needed. During this past year, childcare centers have struggled with enrollment and staffing, placing a greater burden on teachers and administrators. As we look to the future, we must focus on building a more resilient and adaptable education system. By ensuring our teachers’ needs are met, we can create a stronger education system for generations to come.

This year, it’s important to take time and thank your teachers for all that they do for your center. By celebrating and supporting teachers, we can ensure our children get the best care possible. To learn more about World Teachers’ Day and how to celebrate, keep reading. 

What is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day started in 1994 as a day to celebrate the adoption of the 1966 ILO/UNESCO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers.This recommendation ‘sets forth the rights and responsibilities of teachers, and standards for their initial preparation and further education, recruitment, employment, and teaching and learning conditions.’ (source: unesco.org) 

Each year on this day, we reflect on the progress teachers have made and the challenges they still face. Take this time to show appreciation for educators in your life and reflect on how you can lead and inspire your own students everyday. 

To learn more about World Teachers’ Day, click here. 

When Is World Teachers’ Day?

World Teachers’ Day 2021 takes place on Tuesday, October 5. The holiday is held annually on October 5.

What is the theme of World Teachers’ Day in 2021?

The theme of World Teachers’ Day 2021 is: “Teachers at the heart of education recovery.”

This theme highlights all that teachers have done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. It supports teachers and showcases the impact they’ve made on society. Teachers have gone above and beyond to provide support and quality education through remote learning and in-person schooling. Now more than ever, it’s important to recognize all that teachers have done and advocate to improve education systems. This year, we take time to thank teachers for supporting our students through the recovery process as we try to maintain and improve our education system.

How to Celebrate World Teachers’ Day 2021

Have students make a personalized gift.

Children can make their teacher a personalized thank you note, drawing, or small craft to show their appreciation. Ask them to explain why they appreciate their teacher or share a favorite memory with them. This activity is both fun for the children and meaningful for the teachers. For ideas on teacher appreciation crafts for kids, click here. 

Ask parents for support.

To express gratitude for all teachers do for their children, parents may be willing to help pitch in and do something special. They might be able to provide gifts, such as gift cards, a special treat, or even organize a luncheon or breakfast. Even a simple thank-you note letting teachers know how much parents appreciate their hard work can be enough. Parents are always looking for ways to show their support and will want to help during this special day.

Showcase teacher’s accomplishments.

If you’re an owner or leader of an early education or childcare center, there are some simple ways you can make teachers feel appreciated. Try presenting certificates of appreciation to teachers, substitutes and any support staff. Recognizing your teacher’s hard work among their peers can go a long way.  You can also highlight different teachers on a bulletin board or newsletter throughout the week or month for various accomplishments, efforts, and good deeds. 

How are you going to celebrate teachers this World Teachers’ Day?


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Marissa Schneggenburger

Author Marissa Schneggenburger

Marissa Schneggenburger is the Marketing Coordinator at Kangarootime and experienced in content marketing. Marissa attended St. John Fisher College and received a B.S. in Marketing with minors in Finance and Spanish. Marissa also completed her MBA in Strategic Marketing from Niagara University. Marissa is passionate about the childcare industry and providing informative and engaging content.

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