18 August 2003
Double celebration for city tots
Children from Aston University's nursery will hold a double celebration on Thursday, August 21st - not only will they graduate from their year in a special ceremony, but they will also celebrate the 30th anniversary of the nursery's founding with a 1970s themed party and other fun entertainments.
Children from the Baby room, Tweenie Room, Toddler Room and Pre-School room will join in the fun, with graduates getting the chance to wear a traditional mortar board - quite an experience for the youngest graduate who is just three years old.
A magician and balloon modeller will be on hand to provide the entertainment whilst the children tuck into traditional party fare of sandwiches, cakes and jelly.
The Nursery was established in September 1973 to provide child-care facilities for students at Aston University and Birmingham Polytechnic (now UCE). It was set up by the Students' Guild, which, at that time, served both institutions. In February 1999 Aston University took over the responsibility for management of the nursery.
Emma Coates, nursery manager, said: 'We're really looking forward to seeing the children graduate and enjoy themselves on this special day. It will also be a special occasion for one of our members of staff, Catherine Normand, who has been caring for children in the nursery for 25 years. She must have looked after thousands of local children over the years'.
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