Beau­ti­ful trans­for­ma­tions at vil­lage nurs­ery

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

CHIL­DREN at a preschool watched cater­pil­lars trans­form into beau­ti­ful but­ter­flies as part of a school project.

The young­sters at Sut­ton St James pre school have been look­ing at the theme of ‘grow­ing and chang­ing’ as part of a project.

They had some cater­pil­lars and cared for them as they trans­formed into but­ter­flies.

Rachel Reid, man­ager at the pre-school, said: “What an amaz­ing half term we have had with grow­ing and chang­ing theme.

“The chil­dren have helped to take care of our lit­tle cater­pil­lars, even giv­ing names and watch­ing them change into co­coons then trans­form­ing into beau­ti­ful but­ter­flies be­fore the chil­dren’s eyes.

“The staff and chil­dren were spell­bound and we hosted our very own leav­ing party for our but­ter­flies where we sang songs, ate cake and gave wishes to our but­ter­flies be­fore set­ting them free into the world.

“The chil­dren loved the whole ex­pe­ri­ence and of­fi­cially named it the best day ever.”

Sut­ton St James Pre-school was founded in 1970 and op­er­ates along­side the church in Sut­ton.

The pre-school, which serves chil­dren from the vil­lage, will move to Hollinhey Pri­mary School later this year. Many of the chil­dren go on to study at Hollinhey Pri­mary.

It is run by nurs­ery staff and par­ent vol­un­teers who last year cel­e­brated the school’s 45th birth­day.

The com­mit­tee is made up of par­ents and the man­ager and deputies, re­spon­si­ble for em­ploy­ing staff, man­ag­ing the ac­counts and or­gan­is­ing fundrais­ing events.

There are chil­dren at­tend­ing from the age of two un­til they go off to pri­mary school.

Rachel said: “We will be re­lo­cat­ing in Septem­ber to the study cen­tre at Hollinhey Pri­mary on Bell Av­enue, which will pro­vide our chil­dren won­der­ful new and amaz­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for out­side play and ex­plo­ration as well as pro­vid­ing even stronger links and tran­si­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties with Hollinhey.

“Where we are at the church hall we don’t have a out­door space, only a car park, but the move will en­able the chil­dren to have out­door space at all times.”

●● Chil­dren at Sut­ton St James pre-school dur­ing the project

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