Nursery celebrates Chinese New Year
CHINESE New Year arrived with a roar at Bright Horizons Tytherington Day Nursery and Pre-School.
Children at the school, formerly called Kids Unlimited, joined countries with Chinese communities across the globe in marking the occasion.
Getting to work with cartons, boxes and bright, sparkly, vividly coloured paper, they worked together to create a fierce Chinese dragon.
They then wore the dragon over their heads, as is done in the country’s traditional New Year dragon dance.
They also learned about the current Year of the Monkey, as staff explained the story of the Chinese zodiac and how the monkey is the ninth of the zodiac’s twelve animals.
After listening to the story, the children all took part in a parade across the garden to welcome in the year of the animal, which will not occur again until 2028.
They then took part in other Chinese themed activities, from making delicious dumplings to abandoning their knives and forks and trying their hand at eating noodles with chopsticks.
Nursery manager, Lorraine Roberts explained the importance of celebrating festivals from different parts of the world as well as from this country.
She said: “The children in our nursery love learning about new countries and cultures.
“Activities like this encourage them to build on the natural interest and curiosity they all have in the wider world around them.”
●● Children at Bright Horizons Tytherington Day Nursery and Pre-School with their Chinese dragon