Youngsters turned out in caps and gowns to celebrate a graduation day with a difference in Thornaby.
The Montessori People, at the High Flyers Children Centre in Tedder Avenue, held its annual graduation ceremony for children aged three and four that attend the nursery school which takes a pioneering approach to learning.
The Montessori People caters for children from as young as six weeks old and provides both creative and stimulating intellectual artistic and developmental experiences for all children.
By fostering each child’s natural curiosity and love of knowledge, it teaches children how to learn instead of just what to learn and instils in them a life-long love of learning.
Teachers, mums and dads and MP Alex Cunningham were in attendance as it celebrated the graduation of its pre-school students – most of whom have been visiting the nursery school since they were six months old.
Michelle Tudor, director of The Montessori People, said: “We’re extremely proud of the children and this celebration is a reflection of the hard work, dedication and nurturing ability of our staff that has prepared the children so well for the next step in their education.
“We feel passionately that our team is the best there is and our staff are professional, caring, nurturing and genuinely love what they do.
“Although it is sad that the children are leaving, we feel incredibly honoured to have had this opportunity to be part of their learning journey so far and wish them well for the future.”
Alex Cunningham, MP for Stockton North and former Cabinet Member for children and young people, said: “It’s a special honour to be invited to The Montessori People’s graduation ceremony, especially after seeing it set up in 2011. Its whole approach to caring for and educating local children is one to be admired and I have no doubt the children very much enjoyed their time there. It’s great to see the progress the children have made and to see them in their caps and gowns.”
Sebastian Large, aged 4, said “I am very happy to be going to School but I will miss my teachers at the Montessori People.”
As well as celebrating the achievements of the nursery’s pre-school learners, the ceremony saw the children release 16 balloons dedicated to a former valued and passionate member of staff, known to the pupils as Miss Jane, who passed away recently.
For more information on The Montessori People visit http://www.themontessoripeople.co.uk./