Maidenhead preschoolers welcome Father Christmas
Making a flying visit to Mulberry Day Nursery in Maidenhead on Thursday, Father Christmas praised preschoolers, parents and staff for their gift-giving and goodwill to a charity.
Visiting each of the four parties at the day nursery in Boyn Hill Avenue, Maidenhead, to distribute a total of 150 gifts – one for each child - Father Christmas admired decorations, cards and a variety of cakes and biscuits made by the children to treat their parents. He also praised staff for providing prizes for a raffle in aid of Children Today which funds equipment for children with disabilities.
As Mulberry Deputy Manager, Samantha Renshaw, explained ‘goodwill’ is a year-long commitment at the nursery but the annual parties in each age appropriate room for children and their families are about saying ‘thank you’.
“We have happy confident children, wonderfully supportive parents and a dedicated staff team. This time of the year is particularly magical for us all so we celebrate how lucky we are and remember those less fortunate,” she said.
Children and staff had pulled out all the stops to make Father Christmas feel welcome with decorated trees in every room and card and baking ‘workshops’ in full swing.
The highlight of Christmas celebrations, the parties in each age appropriate room were catered by Nursery Chefs, Godwin Sewor and Karen Taylor, and staff donated raffle prizes like photography and Pilates vouchers and Christmas food and wine.
Samantha explained why the charity, Children Today, has been adopted by the nursery for a year-long fund-raising drive:
“At the moment our healthy happy children are eagerly anticipating gifts of toys at Christmas while other children, who face up to a range of challenges every day, are hoping for essential presents like ventilation machines for Cystic Fibrosis sufferers, or wheelchairs and mobility aids which are not provided by the Government or NHS,” she said.