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“Gong Hei Fard Choy” was the message for visitors to Seabrook Day Nursery in Luton at the start of week-long celebrations to mark the Chinese New Year.
The Pre-schoolers not only mastered the Cantonese ‘New Year’ greeting on specially crafted cards for their parents but decorated the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Lewsey Road with Chinese symbols for Spring.
As Seabrook Manager, Christine Walters, explained the popular annual event – which included ‘noodle play for babies’ - provides more than just fun and excitement for the children:
“The celebrations provide so many opportunities to be imaginative and creative, and the learning opportunities are endless thanks to the expert advice and support of a parent,” she said.
Heui-Ping Chen, mother of four-year-old Yin and two-year-old Shi-Shu, organised a Chinese cookery lesson for the pre-schoolers, while younger children sang songs about horses to mark the Chinese year of the wooden or green horse
“We particularly like this new Chinese Year of the wooden or green horse because it puts the focus on what we all love doing at nursery - being the best that we can be with a real appreciation of nature,” said Christine Walters.