It was hat’s off to children at a Stockton nursery as they left to begin life in ‘big’ school.
A graduation ceremony was held to mark 31 children leaving from the pre-school at Little Ladybirds Day Nursery.
The nursery bought gowns and caps for the children to wear for the graduation, as well as giving them ‘rolls of honour’ certificates to commemorate their stay at Little Ladybirds, which is situated on the Preston Farm Industrial Estate.
The ceremony, which included a buffet and refreshments, was held over two days and it was a major success.
Parents and grandparents had not been told beforehand that their children would be wearing gowns, so there were plenty of smiles, and even some tears, when their children came out. The children also had a lovely time.
Alexander Czupn, aged four, said: “I liked wearing the red hat and gown.”
Beatrice Hardy, aged four, said: “I loved my mammy seeing me in my gown and hat.”
Joseph Barron, aged four, said: “I liked singing heads, shoulders, knees and toes.”
Melanie Hirst, Little Ladybirds Director, said: “It is always sad when you see children, some of whom have been with us since they were babies, leaving the nursery but we wanted to give them something to remember us by and ensure they were given a great send off.
“This was the first graduation ceremony and given its success we will now be having one every year.”graduation ceremony, little ladybirds day nursery, nursery stockton, nursery teesside, pre-school childrem