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“Gung hei fat choi” was the message for visitors to Woodlands Day Nursery in Milton Keynes at the start of a two week-long celebration to mark the Chinese New Year of the horse.
Tutored by pre-schooler Anya Jones (4) and her mother Jen Tse, children at the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery in Byerly Place, Downs Barn, not only mastered the Cantonese greeting but also crafted special good ‘Fortune’ message cards for their parents.
As Woodlands Manager, Alyson Hefferon, explained the popular annual event 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 of Anya’s mother”, she said thanking staff and parents for making the celebrations so memorable.
Every age group is taking part in the celebrations with babies experimenting with red and gold glitter and painting with chopsticks, and pre-schoolers dressing up, crafting lanterns and making Fortune cards which will hang upside down for good luck in the nursery kitchen and in children’s homes.
“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 Alyson Hefferon.