At Greenside Nursery we believe that birthday celebrations and religious holidays are very important to the lives of our children and that of their family. We look forward to them and help acknowledge them and celebrate them in the nursery. The setting acknowledges children’s birthdays and celebrates using non-food based activities that make the child feel special.
For religious celebrations and seasonal celebrations, the nursery provides menus to coincide with a topic/theme.
Activities, games and songs also link at these times;
Chinese New Year – Stir fry vegetables, noodles and bean shoots
Halloween – Pumpkin design and apple bobbin and other games
Autumn Harvest Festival – Vegetable soup
Easter – Painted eggs
Diwali – Dolls and puppets to retell the story of Rama and Sita
Eid – Rice pudding, baked samosas, fruits, pitta bread and dips
Our local community regularly celebrates some of the above festivities, which we happily enjoy together.
We celebrate as a class by singing “happy birthday” to the child during circle time. We use wooden pretend cake which children then pretend to cut and share. Parents are advised if they wish to bring something special into the setting we only recommend exotic fruit.
This is marketed as different and exciting by the staff which is viewed positively by the children as something to try and enjoy.