Mini graduates ready for school

Cleadon Village Kindergarten graduation ceremony.

Cleadon Village Kindergarten graduation ceremony.

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TINY graduates are ready to take their first big step into school.

Dressed in traditional caps and gowns, 48 children from Cleadon Village Kindergarten took part in a special graduation ceremony at the village’s Little Theatre, in Front Street.

The four-year-olds, all members of the rainbow class at the kindergarten, which is also on Front Street, will start school in September.

Bo Patterson, supervisory nursery nurse at the kindergarten, said: “It was a big day for the children because leaving here and moving on to the next stage is a big thing for them. It is life-changing.

“We feel it is important to hold a ceremony because it is a special occasion for the children and their families.

“Everyone at the kindergarten wishes them well for the future and hopes that they settle in well at school.”

The kindergarten caters for about 140 children from the age of six months.

“It provides early learning and also has an after-school club for older children.”