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There wasn’t ‘a dry eye’ at Meadow View Day Nursery in Newport Pagnell as staff said goodbye to their graduating class with a red carpet ceremony and party with children’s entertainer.
The 31 graduates of the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ nursery in Westbury Lane, who wore special mortar board hats and gowns for the ceremony, collected certificates cheered on by parents. In an emotional speech, practitioner Katy Chaplin, who has been with many of the graduates since they were only one year old, told parents the day was one of mixed emotions.
“You trusted us with the most precious people in your lives and that is a huge honor. Today we can celebrate the fact that our children are happy, confident and ready for the next exciting steps in their learning journey,” she said adding that saying ‘goodbye’ was very difficult.
Each graduate walked across the nursery garden bridge to collect their certificates and gift bags containing a framed photograph of themselves in their cap and gowns, balloons, poems and sunflower seeds.
One of the ‘stars of the show’ was four year-old Mason Taylor, who was described as bright, thoughtful and very funny by Kate who has looked after him since he was a baby.
“Mason is an absolute joy to have around and I know he will do very well at school. I am excited for him because I know he is ready for this next step but I will miss him dreadfully,” she said. For parents, too, the farewells were emotional as, for some the graduation of their youngest child meant the end of an era.