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Thornaby tots at The Montessori People Nursery, celebrate their graduation

Thornaby tots celebrated their graduation in yellow caps and gowns at a ceremony this afternoon. Graduates

The Montessori People nursery, at the High Flyers Children Centre in Tedder Avenue, congratulated the four and five year old children at its annual occasion.

The pioneering nursery, which encourages children to be independent from an early age, welcomed parents and members of the Children’s Services Department, the Children’s Centre and The Finlay Cooper Fund – its charity partner.

The excited pre-schoolers, who have all been at the leading nursery from the age of one, performed one of their favourite songs ‘He’s got the whole world in his hands’ using sign language whilst singing, after they were presented with a scroll which was bound by a ribbon in the colour of The Montessori People’s green logo.

Michelle Tudor, director of The Montessori People, said: “We are all very proud and as always emotional to see them leave.

“We’ve nurtured and encouraged the children to be independent, happy and self confident individuals. Everything we do here is to ensure the children are ready for their next steps in education, and they definitely are.”

Thomas Mckibbin, aged four, who particularly enjoyed the tea party after the ceremony, added:”I had a lovely day and liked graduating.”

Lianne Mckibbin, Thomas’ mum, said:”It’s such a lovely thing for the nursery to do. Thomas has been here since he was a baby so this ceremony is a nice way to finish.”

The delightful day was held in honour of The Finlay Cooper Fund, which The Montessori People has recently partnered up with. So far the nursery team have raised a fantastic £800 for the organisation which supports a range of children’s causes.

Julie Cooper, co-founder of the children’s charity, which benefits Zoe’s Place, Butterwick Children’s Hospice, and many more, commented: “What an amazing day to be part of. You can really see the time and effort Michelle and her hard working team have put in.”

The local nursery, which caters for children from as young as six weeks old, raffled a Marks & Spencer hamper, with all proceeds going to the Fund.

The Montessori People team are now training for their next fundraising challenge, the Great North Run, now that they’ve recovered from the gruelling Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

For more information, please visit: http://www.themontessoripeople.co.uk/

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