Flowers, cards and smiles all round as residents of The Shrubbery Nursing Home enjoyed a surprise Valentine’s visit from children at local nursery, Little Trinity in Kidderminster.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “We always like to celebrate Valentine’s Day and this year we’ve been focusing on others and the world outside. Visiting the residents at The Shrubbery was lovely, they were all so welcoming and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience of meeting new people.”

Valentine’s Day, also called Saint Valentine’s Day or the Feast of Saint Valentine, is celebrated annually on February 14. Originating as a Western Christian feast day honouring one or two early saints named Valentinus, Valentine’s Day is recognized as a significant cultural, religious, and commercial celebration of romance in many regions around the world, although it is not a public holiday in any country.

Shrubbery resident Dennis Conway said that the visit had been fantastic and a delight to see all the children laughing and smiling and thanked the nursery.

The nursery encourages their youngest children from the age of 2-years to join in and take part in a range of creative play, with their Valentine’s activity able to be enjoyed by all. Enjoying a nice cuppa, Little Trinity staff also chatted with representatives from KEMP Hospice who were at the nursing home as part of their ‘Cuppa for KEMP’ campaign.

Miss Carter added: “The children had a wonderful time creating and painting their Valentine cards and then the sheer delight on their faces as they gave their flowers and cards to the residents.

“Lots of smiles and giggles before we said goodbye to everyone and began our short journey back to the nursery. It will be interesting to see what we do next year!”

Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster thoroughly enjoyed their Chinese New Year celebrations tasting traditional foods and taking part in a Dragon Dance on Tuesday 5th February.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “We always try to incorporate celebrations and festivals from a wide range of cultures so that the children can gain an appreciation and understanding of the many traditions and people of the world.”

Incorporating and promoting Understanding the World as part of EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) offers Little Trinity Nursery children numerous opportunities to discuss and participate in a variety of traditions and experiences that they may not experience in their home life.

Located within the grounds of Holy Trinity School on the Birmingham Road, the children from the age of 2-years all joined in trying a selection of Chinese foods.

Added Miss Carter: “Celebrating Chinese New Year is always fun with the children really enjoying their food tasting at morning snack time and our 2 and 3-year-old children in the Green Caterpillar and Yellow Bumble-Bee classes thoroughly enjoying making their very own dragon for their Dragon Dance in PE. Lots of fun was had by us all.”

Receiving a letter personally addressed to one of their pupils, Little Trinity Nursery duly passed it on to 3-year old Alba Edwards parents when they came to collect her that day.

To everyone’s delight and surprise the letter was from a local lady who’d received Alba’s Christmas card as part of Kidderminster Library’s Christmas Card Appeal.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “Every year the children take part creating personal Christmas cards which are then distributed by Kidderminster Library to the elderly and housebound in the local community.

“It was such a lovely surprise for Alba to receive a ‘thank you’ message for what is, for all of us, a very special activity in our nursery calendar and such a good way to reach out to the housebound and elderly in our community, whilst helping to teach the children to think of others.”

Alba’s parents, Mark Edwards and Katie Stone, commented on how thoughtful and how delighted they were that Alba had received a letter of thanks and that they were going to put it in her special memory box so that she could see it when she’s older.

Celebrating their fifth birthday later this year, Little Trinity Nursery, based within the grounds of Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre on the Birmingham Road, caters for pre-school childcare from 2 years of age.

Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster invited parents and staff to donate their Christmas card money in support of KEMP Hospice’s annual ‘Light Up A Life’ campaign.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “Our families as always were very generous and donated their Christmas card money and helped to reduce the number of Christmas cards needing to be recycled after Christmas. Thanks to everyone’s generosity and support we have managed to raise £148 to date.”

KEMP’s ‘Light up a Life’ as an annual campaign in which people can remember loved ones in a very special way during the festive season. People are invited to write a message or special memory to a loved one on a ‘Light up a Life’ Tag and hang their tag on one of KEMP’s ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas Trees.

Added Gaynor: “People have been extremely generous, and some parents have written Christmas wishes to other families and some of our children have also written their names on their Christmas tags independently.

“It’s been a huge success and helped to raise funds for such a worthwhile local charity!”

Children at Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster took to the stage to perform this year’s jingly Christmas Concert for their families.

Joining Santa and his Reindeer on the stage were the Christmas Puddings, Glittery Baubles, Snowflakes, Mince Pies, Twinkly Lights, Pretty Angels, Shining Stars, Snowmen and many Elves! With much excitement the hall filled with Christmas wonder as the Nursery’s 61 children, ranging from as young as 2-years through to 4-years of age, paraded on to the stage to perform and sing their Christmas tale of snow, presents, Santa and the joy of giving.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “The children have been practicing their songs for many weeks as part of our usual class-time, and just before the big day, we took them to the stage to rehearse just as if their families were watching them.

“They all love dressing up and performing for others and showing their families and friends what they can do, so it’s a fantastic opportunity to develop their self-confidence and social skills, with this year welcoming to the stage many reindeer and elves and an appearance from of course from Santa!”

In front of parents and family members the children sang and acted out their favourite Christmas songs.

Miss Carter added: “The concert was wonderful, and many of our children had speaking parts so they needed to remember their lines.

“Not only was it lots of fun, it was wonderful to see the children grow in confidence, standing on the stage in front of a big audience, and they did brilliantly!”

Donning hats, gloves, scarves and warm coats and ready to meet Santa, the children of Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster with giggles of delight set off for a magical Christmas adventure on the Severn Valley Railway.

Nursery manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “Christmas is a magical time for children, and trains are quite the favourite, so to be able to enjoy a train journey and meet Santa at the same time was a fantastic opportunity and one not to be missed!”

The children at Little Trinity, from 2-years and upwards, take regular learning walks with their outside experiences then used in creative play and craft activities back in the classroom. As the nursery is located so close to the Severn Valley Railway it was an ideal opportunity to use their trip as a learning walk to the train station before embarking on their festive return journey to Highley from Kidderminster.

Miss Carter added: “The children had a lovely time with their friends, with lots of happy chatter helping to encourage their developing communication skills as they talked about road safety and our need to be careful as we walked to and from the station, as well as what they saw through the window of the train as we went along.

“The train ride alone created lots of excitement and giggles amongst the children but then when they realised they were meeting Santa and getting a present too, well it was hard to contain their excitement and squeals of delight, it was simply wonderful and a fantastic and fun Christmas adventure.”

Little Trinity Nursery children in support of Kidderminster Library’s festive Christmas Card Appeal have all been busy painting and colouring their Christmas cards ready for local people to enjoy.

Nursery Manager, Miss Gaynor Carter, said: “The children love to take part in creative activities and this seasonal pursuit enables them to use their artistic talents to make their own special Christmas card.”

Every year the nursery take part in the appeal with the children creating truly distinctive Christmas cards, which are then distributed by Kidderminster Library to the elderly and housebound in the local community at Christmastime, along with a selection of library books to read and enjoy throughout the festive season.

Using a whole host of design skills, the children now have numerous Christmas card creations.

Based within the grounds of Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre on the Birmingham Road, Little Trinity Nursery offers pre-school childcare from 2 years of age, with imaginative play at the core of nursery activities helping to assist in the children’s hand and eye co-ordination, literacy and numeracy skills, motor skills and communication development.

Miss Carter added: “This annual activity offers the children a opportunity to express themselves and it’s lots of fun, whilst also helping to support development of fine motor skills as they practice writing their name on the inside of their Christmas card.

“Supporting the Christmas Card Appeal is such as worthwhile cause. It helps spread a little joy within the local community for those who may not be able to share Christmas with family.”

Children at Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster enjoyed a Halloween fancy dress party and disco with Halloween themed cakes and biscuits, carved pumpkins and lots and lots of spooky arts and crafts activities to scream about.

Around 40 children ranging in ages from 2-years of age and up took part in the seasonal fun, with staff getting in the mood and dressing up too.

Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter, commented: “The children had a fabulous time decorating and eating their biscuits and playing pass the parcel. They even took part in the traditional game of apple bobbing before taking to the floor and dancing at our mini-Halloween disco!”

Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster, which has over the last two months already raised and donated over £240 to charity, has formalised its charity giving by linking with children’s bereavement charity, KEMP for Kids.

KEMP for Kids offers support from the age of 5 for children, young people and their families who have experienced somebody close to them dying or living with a life-limiting illness, tailoring its support services to the child’s wishes and needs. KEMP for Kids’ one to one therapeutic work includes the chance to talk, take part in arts based and creative activities such as making memory boxes and jars, or take part in a combination of activities so that they have a chance to talk and explore their experiences and emotions at what is a very difficult and upsetting time in their lives.

Little Trinity Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter said: “We always try to support as many charity events as we can such as Macmillan and Jeans for Genes day, and we will still be getting all colourful and spotty for Children in Need in November.

“Sadly, many children will experience someone close to them living with a life limiting illness or someone who has passed away. Choosing KEMP, which is our local charity and the amazing work that they do supporting bereaved children through KEMP for Kids, we aim to get more of our parents and children involved as well as highlight what a remarkable service KEMP provides to families and children in our community.”

Looking forward to supporting KEMP for Kids, Little Trinity will also be taking part in KEMP’s ‘Light Up A Life’ campaign in December. Popular with parents the nursery is forced to operate a waiting list for its pre-school intake, with many more children due to join the nursery in the new year.

Gaynor added: “The message we try and get across to the children is to think about others and about how fortunate we all are to be healthy and have good family support, as others maybe don’t, and by doing a little we can all make a big difference.

“Focusing mainly on one local charity will mean we will be able to involve more of our parents and children in our fundraising activities and help to promote KEMP for Kids and the support they offer to children and young people at home, at school or through KEMP Hospice.”

Little Trinity Nursery in Kidderminster marked the opening of their new outside play area with a Macmillan Coffee Morning, inviting parents and carers to join them to celebrate and raise funds for the charity.

Planning began at the start of the year for the new facility, with work completed over the summer and offering a new external learning and play area with direct access from the classroom so that children can use it throughout the nursery day. Encompassing literacy and mathematical areas as well as a growing section, sand and water-play, mark making and ICT, and an all-weather canopy meaning it can be used in all weathers, it is a welcome addition to their existing playground which incorporates climbing and play equipment, role-play, mini beast and mud kitchen.

Wanting to make their official opening a real celebration, they chose to support this year’s Macmillan Coffee Morning inviting staff, parents and carers to donate cakes and take part in a celebration raffle and raised an amazing £161.98!

Little Trinity Nursery Manager, Gaynor Carter said: “Parents and children have been so excited to see the new area come to life, with the children so eager to go and explore that I don’t think we are now ever going to get them back inside!

“This investment will hugely benefit all our children for many years to come. It’s important to invest in the future and to ensure our nursery continues to thrive, offering the very best for Little Trinity Nursery children today, and tomorrow!”