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'Egg-stremely difficult!' was the judge’s verdict when faced with choosing winners in the annual Easter Bonnet parade and celebrations at Oak Tree Day Nursery in Wokingham.
Lesley Merritt, chef at the three-time Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ day nursery in Nine Mile Ride, Finchampstead, judged the competition while colleagues and parents supported charity fund-raising with recycling and ‘dress down’ events.
Oak Tree Manager, Lorraine Beamish, modelled a winning Easter Bonnet creation produced by four-year-old Oliver Mynard who was away on holiday with his family.
“All the creations in the Parade were imaginative and clearly the result of a great deal of work by our parents and children. In fact, we are always surprised by the creativity and practical skills demonstrated by parents and children working together on their bonnets at home,” she said praising parents for their unfailing support of all nursery activities.
The four winners received an Easter breakfast gift set and chocolate eggs, while staff, who had swapped their uniforms for ‘mufti’ and paid for the privilege, joined parents in a recycling initiative to turn unwanted materials into £85.00 cash for the Children’s Air Ambulance.
The charity, which Oaktree Day Nursery has adopted for a year-long fund-raising drive, has just one helicopter providing rapid response times to trauma and medical emergencies, for children and babies throughout the UK, and survives entirely on donations.
The Easter Parade was the finale to an intense period of activity with children of all ages crafting greetings cards and chocolate treats for their parents while studying ‘Life cycles’ and the beginning of Spring.