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The Mayor of Bedford joined local pre-schoolers in celebrating world cultures and traditions as part of themed activities marking International Children’s Day.
Touring the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Lavenders Day Nursery in Bushmead Avenue, Mayor Dave Hodgson sampled sweet and savory treats made by children and staff who also took part in music appreciation and traditional dancing sessions.
“I have really enjoyed my visit and have been impressed by the variety of activities available to the children. They and members of staff are clearly very happy and enjoying what they do,” he said following sensory play with green mashed potato. The Mayor also applauded the theme for activities which focused on celebrating the differences and similarities between the different traditions and cultures of families and children at the nursery.
As Juliana Di’ Niro, Manager of Lavenders, explained:
“We celebrate diversity and individuality every day in nursery but the focus today has been on looking at what makes everybody special and unique and what unites us. As always, fun is a priority and when you have achieved that the learning opportunities are endless.”
‘Flag bunting’ and themed artwork and crafts decorated the nursery and children with Polish, Albanian, French, Romanian, Indian, Italian, Irish and Spanish heritage dressed in national costumes or colours for the activities.
International foods were served at breakfast, lunch and tea and a range of breads, samosas and sweet treats, made by the staff team and children in the preschool room, were sold in aid of Children Today, a charity which provides specialised equipment and services to children and young people with a range of disabilities.