Nurseries Remember on the 11th of November

Poppies are being worn proudly by staff and youngsters at three Bright Kids nurseries today as they remember those who fought for their country. Youngsters have been learning about the meaning of Remembrance Day and have taken part in activities to mark the annual memorial day. Janette Moran, manager at the Northfield setting, said: “We have been speaking to the children about the soldiers who fought in the different wars. They have enjoyed taking part in activities including making their own poppies and drawing pictures. We believe it is good to mark this special day with the children as it is an important part of our history.”

Remembrance Day is sometimes known as Poppy Day, and it is observed on 11th November to recall the end of hostilities of World War I on that date in 1918. Hostilities formally ended “at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” which is why we observe the two minute silence at 11am on November 11th. Tina Davis, deputy manager at the Studley setting said they have introduced Remembrance Day to the children by talking to them about the poppies. “We’ve introduced Remembrance Day to them in a nice way,” she said. “Rather than talking about the fighting we speak to them about the brave job the soldiers did and why people wear poppies. All the children have the chance to take part in the activities, which include drawing in the preschool room and making their own poppies.”

Anita Shepherd, manager at the Crabbs Cross setting added: “A lot of the children at nursery are young and so they struggle to understand what Remembrance Day means. However, they see their family and friends wearing poppies and so we have spoken to them about that, and what it means, and each of them is making a poppy to take home with them.”

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