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Happy Birthday, Ma’am from Newbury pre-schoolers


Newbury pre-schoolers staged their own birthday party for the Queen complete with bunting, crafting, baking and charity fund-raising at Pelican Day Nursery.

Decorating the day nursery in Pelican Lane with pictures of the Monarch, the children crafted crowns, banners and a special birthday card signed by everybody and posted to Buckingham Palace.

Manager, Sian Elliott, explained children and staff, who wore red, white and blue for the occasion, like any excuse for a party in nursery but this one was special particularly as some children were expecting the Queen to come to her birthday tea party in nursery.

“We have loved every minute; particularly the children’s comments about what the Queen would be doing with her friends at her own party. As always, when you capture a child’s imagination, the learning opportunities are endless and for staff that where the real fun begins,” she said, thanking parents who attended the tea party for their support.

Helped by nursery chef, Dea Poernig and assistant Loretta Nutley the children and staff also made cakes which were sold in aid of the Children’s Air Ambulance, a charity adopted by the nursery for a year-long fund-raising drive.

All were treated to a fish and chip tea with homemade cakes, scones, jam and cream and the ‘role play’ corners at the nursery saw children staging their own royal parties with special tea sets.

The Children’s Air Ambulance, which survives entirely on charity donations, has just one helicopter covering the entire country providing rapid response times to trauma and medical emergency for babies and children.