Hankies will be at the ready later this month as parents attend their child’s graduation day at one of the three Bright Kids nurseries.
All the nurseries will be saying goodbye to those children who will be leaving them to attend school in September.
At the Northfield setting the event takes place on July 11th, at Studley it is on July 15th and at Crabbs Cross the graduation is on July 22nd.
Kerrie McCaffery, deputy manager at Northfield, said it was a chance to celebrate with parents and children.
“The children are going to enjoy entertaining parents at the graduation day with a play, called Squash and Squeeze, and they will be singing a graduation song too,” said Kerrie.
“At the ceremony children will be presented with a certificate and a party bag – and then we will enjoy a tea party. It is a lovely send-off for the children.”
At the Studley setting youngsters will be able to enjoy a party with special food, games and a bouncy castle.
Studley’s manager Charmaine Leach said: “There is a special graduation ceremony, where we always see some of the parents with a tear in their eye.”
Even though there will be children at the three nurseries who will be saying goodbye to staff, a lot of the youngsters will be returning to one of the breakfast and after-school clubs or will attend the holiday groups.
Anita Shepherd, manager at the Crabbs Cross setting said they are glad they won’t be saying a final goodbye to all the children.
“It can be a bit sad for staff to say goodbye to the children and parents – one parent has been with us for 12 years and we have seen all three of her children go through the nursery,” said Anita.
“We have had a lot of the children at the nursery since they were babies – but luckily most of them will be returning to one of our breakfast or after-school clubs.
“Our graduation ceremony will see the children presented with a certificate and goody-bag. Then the children will enjoy a disco and party games. Graduation day is a positive experience for all as we have seen these children grow and have helped give them the best start possible to prepare them for life at school.”