THERE was a furry surprise in store for visitors to an Marchington nursery as bears gathered with children and parents to enjoy its annual open day and teddy bears’ picnic.
The event, which offered an opportunity for the Smallwood Manor Nursery’s youngsters and their parents to spend time together in the outdoors, and all picnic participants were invited to bring their outdoor lunch, together with a favourite furry toy friend.
Picnic-ers were advised however to bring extra honey sandwiches for the hungry bears.
The nursery held the open day to show potential new pupils what the school has to offer them.
Helen Griffith, head of nursery, said: “Our summer-term open morning creates the perfect opportunity for families to enjoy time at nursery together, while also opening the door to new parents who may be considering Smallwood for their own children.
“Families can meet our warm and highly qualified team and experience the state-of-the-art facilities we offer, as well as explore the school’s extensive and well-equipped exterior grounds.”
The open day allowed current and prospective parents, along with children, to experience the style of activities at the nursery, as well as learn more about the curricular programme, which is designed to engage, stimulate and challenge children according to their age and ability.
The event also allowed the parents to find out more about its free placements for three and four year olds.