PICTURES: Nurseries hold mini-graduations

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LITTLE ones across Wearside 
enjoyed their big day when they prepared to move on.

Several nurseries held mini-graduation ceremonies. Among them was Footsteps Day Care Centre, in Washington.

Children graduating from Sunderland University's St Mary's Nursery

Children graduating from Sunderland University's St Mary's Nursery

Kirsty Harding, manager of the centre at Barnwell Primary School, said about 40 children took part in the ceremony, wearing scaled-down caps and gowns.

Mums and dads were invited to see youngsters presented with graduation certificates, as they prepare to leave nursery and start primary school in September. Kirsty said: “It is just a way of saying good luck to them as they leave.”

Washington Day Nursery, in Knoulberry Road, Blackfell, also opted for the caps and gowns when they held a mini-graduation ceremony.

But the children at Apple Blossom Day Nursery in Castletown had different ideas. Manager Louise Burnkill said that they decided to let the youngsters pick the theme themselves, and they chose Hawaiian. She added: “We had a little ceremony with a certificate but the children wanted the fun day to have a beach theme with grass skirts and shorts.”

Dressed in traditional caps and gowns, 51 youngsters from Cleadon Village Kindergarten also took part in a special graduation ceremony at the village’s Little Theatre, in Front Street.

Hayley Malpass, room leader at the Cleadon nursery, said: “The ceremony is a celebration of their time here and they really enjoy it.”