Reasons for celebration at Swineshead Pre-School

Children, parents and staff at Swineshead Pre-School's Annual Celebration Event.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG050717-131TW.
Children, parents and staff at Swineshead Pre-School's Annual Celebration Event. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050717-131TW.

Leavers who will be starting primary school in September sang to their mums at the award-winning village pre-school last Wednesday.

Lily and Stacey Fixter play a game of hook-a-duck at Swineshead Pre-School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG050717-128TW.

Lily and Stacey Fixter play a game of hook-a-duck at Swineshead Pre-School. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050717-128TW.

The open day also featured stalls, games like hook-a-duck and hook-a-fish, raffle and a tour of the pre-school in North End.

It was also a chance for the pre-school to celebrate its Highly Commended honour for the Central England region at the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) Nursery Awards held at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground.

Nursery manager Carolynn Fletcher said: “We held an open day to celebrate the children who are leaving us.

“There was a chance for our new parents to look around the building, while the children were making potions out of vinegar.

It was lovely to see all the children, and even some of the parents, singing together and joining in with the actions

Stacey Fixter, parent from Swineshead Pre-School

“We also celebrated going to the NDNA finals where we got a certificate for being highly commended as Nursery of the Year in the Midlands.

“The host for the day was Johnny Ball and he signed copies of his books for us.”

The award came after Carolynn and her staff won the Pre-School of the Year prize at the 2016 Lincolnshire Free Press and Spalding Guardian Eduation Awards, as well as it making it to the finals of last year’s Nursery World Awards.

Stacey Fixter, one of the parents at the pre-school’s annual celebration event, said: “I thought it was great and well put together by the staff.

Nursery worker Carrie Blackamore paints Lottie Purdy's face at Swineshead Pre-School.  Photo by Tim Wilson.  SG050717-132TW.

Nursery worker Carrie Blackamore paints Lottie Purdy's face at Swineshead Pre-School. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050717-132TW.

“It was lovely to see all the children, and even some of the parents, singing together and joining in with the actions.

“My daughter was definitely a fan of the hook-a-duck and face painting which were put on and it was just nice to be able to see first-hand what the children get up to at the pre-school, as well as more of the environment in which they are learn.”

Nursery manager Carolynn Fletcher and deputy manager Tracey Maplethorpe with ther Highly Commended certificate and children's books written by Johnny Ball who hosted of the National Day Nurseries Association Nursery Awards ceremony at Old Trafford Cricket Ground.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
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Nursery manager Carolynn Fletcher and deputy manager Tracey Maplethorpe with ther Highly Commended certificate and children's books written by Johnny Ball who hosted of the National Day Nurseries Association Nursery Awards ceremony at Old Trafford Cricket Ground. Photo by Tim Wilson. SG050717-133TW.