Meet Manchester’s latest – and youngest – graduates – kidsunlimited graduation ceremonies at the Manchester Children’s Book Festival

Meet Manchester’s latest – and youngest – graduates. A very special kidsunlimited event, held as part of this year’s Manchester Children’s Book Festival, saw kids from around the region graduate from pre-school at a first class ceremony.
In full caps and gowns, the children gathered to sing songs to their parents in the audience and tell everyone gathered what they want to be when they grow up. We are pleased to report that you can expect a future that includes lots of firefighters, doctors, princesses and maybe even the odd dinosaur!
In total, three kidsunlimited nursery schools took part in the event – Macintosh Day Nursery, St. Mary’s Day Nursery and Didsbury Day Nursery. Jo Maitra from Didsbury Day Nursery said,
“It’s been a pleasure for all the staff to see [the] children learn and develop over the past year. It’s always a bit crazy trying to keep thirty five three- and four-year-olds under control but they’ve all really enjoyed it and we’ve had lots of parents thanking us.”
Macintosh Day Nursery Site Manger, Sarah Wildon, agreed, saying,
“It’s been absolutely fantastic, the kids and the parents have all really enjoyed it. We were the first nursery to come here [to Manchester Metropolitan University] for the ceremony a few years ago and we later invited the others to join us.
“This has been the best year yet, even better than last year. One of the parents this year works here at the university and he performed the presentation for us, so that was really lovely because all of the children knew him. It’s had the same great impact as every year we do it. Everyone has really loved it.”
We spoke to some of the parents and children after the event to find out if they had enjoyed their special day.
Charlotte Bentley, mother of Scarlett, aged 4, from Bramall, told us “Scarlett had quite a difficult start in life and she spent a lot of time in intensive care, so the focus wasn’t on education and learning to read and write, and now it is. This celebrates how far she’s come, for us, from where she was because we didn’t think she’d make it at all.”

Scarlett’s Dad, Matthew, added “Singing and dancing or doing some kind of performance helps with [her] confidence. Interacting with larger groups really helps as well.” While Scarlett told us, “I was excited. I sang lots of songs. I want to be Spidergirl when I grow up!”

NH & SA & Kaia Spurret-Hogan
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