Noticeboard: Christmas round-up
Monday, December 21, 2015
Nurseries and pre-schools around the country have been celebrating the festive season and doing good deeds.
Pre-school children from Bright Horizons Saffron Walden Nursery in Essex performed a special Christmas nativity play to the delight of parents and grandparents. The children, including four little stars, warmed up by singing their favourite festive songs.
Hats For Hugo
Staff and children from kidsunlimited Epping all donated and wore hats in order to support Hugo, a little boy who used to attend the nursery and was diagnosed with leukaemia in July. Not to be left out, Hugo decided to model his own selection of hats too, which his mum uploaded to Facebook, including this Santa hat.
Children from Active Learning Finchley Nursery and Preschool have been learning that Christmas time is about giving and helping others. The staff together with parents collected gifts as part of Bright Horizon's Foundation for Children, which supports victims of domestic violence in refuges over Christmas.
Child First Banbury kicked off the festive season with their Christmas fair and official opening by Banbury town mayor of their new pre- school room. The children enjoyed meeting Santa and taking part in lots of arts and crafts.
Children at Bright Horizons Summerfields Day Nursery on Dean Row were delighted that a Christmas fairy had decorated the nursery’s Christmas tree. One little girl pointed out that the fairy had forgotten to put sweeties on there so the staff decided to add some healthy homemade gingerbread biscuits!
Twinkles Day Nursery in Knaresborough was part of a group effort to collect Christmas presents for the local Rotary Club’s new toys campaign. The toys will be given to local children who would not otherwise receive presents.
Bramblebrook Pre-School in Mickleover, Derby invited parents in for a Christmas craft session and were delighted to see Dads keen to get involved. Judging by the smiles on their faces they had as much fun as the children.
Staff at the three Bright Horizons offices went all out for ‘Silly Seasonal Sweater Day’ to raise money for their company charity, The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children. The money raised helps support families and children living in crisis, living in temporary accommodation, or fleeing from domestic violence.
Santa paid a visit to Bright Horizons Cramond Early Learning and Childcare on White House Road, Edinburgh to congratulate them on a ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’ Care Inspectorate report. He joined them for their special Christmas dinner served in the nursery and also left some festive books for the children to enjoy.
Children aged two to four years old from St Johns Pre-school in Dewsbury Moor learnt to sing Jingle Bells during their nativity play dress rehearsal.
Children at Fledglings Day Nursery in Bredbury Stockport took part in Mission Christmas collecting presents for vulnerable families. The nursery managed to fill the entire box with donations.
Nativity at the farm
Farley Nursery School in Sparsholt held their nativity in a barn with two real miniature donkeys, a real baby Jesus and 90 children. Nursery manager Lisa Humby said, 'It was really magical as the children were taken to the barn by riding on a John Deere tractor and trailer.'
Bright Horizons food bank help
When staff from Bright Horizons’ office in Summerfields Village in Wilmslow heard that there are local families in an urgent need of food supplies, they decided to act quickly.
A food collection (of tins, biscuits, Christmas pudding and even Christmas crackers ) has been arranged for Food Friends based at St Bartholomew’s Church in Wilmslow, providing support for individuals and families in the SK9 area who have found themselves unable to put food on their table.
'The project currently helps nearly 160 local families and individuals,' said Flow Knowles, the Food Friends Project Manager. 'The number is growing, especially at this time of the year, so donations like this are invaluable for our work to continue.'
HO, HO, HO!
Father Christmas visits The Railway Nursery, Bramhall, Stockport. Children enjoyed telling him about their Christmas wish lists and sang festive songs.