Broussa Day Nursery Welcomes Special Guests to Remembrance Afternoon

To mark 100 years since the end of World War I, children and staff at Broussa Day Nursery and Nursery School in Hale welcomed grandparents and local community groups to join them for a Remembrance Afternoon.

The nursery was beautifully decorated with Union Jack bunting, vintage posters and photos of the soldiers who bravely fought during the war. Vera Lynn music set the nostalgic scene as guests entered the hallway, with wartime-themed areas in each of the rooms.

The nursery was joined by some of the children’s grandparents, members of the ‘Young at Heart’ group from St. Peter’s Church in Hale, as well as former Broussa Day Nursery owner Jillian Stopford.

During the morning, the children enjoyed the themed role-play areas, as well as making a range of poppy crafts, including paper poppies and thank you cards for the special guests. As part of the afternoon’s event, the pre-school children laid a wreath and their decorated ‘peace pebbles’ in the garden, before reciting a poem. Everyone who attended then took part in a minute’s silence to remember those who have fought for our country.

Nursery Teacher, Mrs Pandor said a few words before inviting guests inside for some afternoon tea. After exploring all of the displays, posters and photographs, thank you cards decorated with fingerpaint poppies were handed out to the guests.

Deputy Nursery Manager, Ami Mahon said guests were delighted to be welcomed into the nursery, which has a vast history itself:

“We were lucky enough to be joined by Jillian, as well as the local church group and grandparents. It’s a great experience for the children to learn about the history of our country and take part in traditional celebrations.

“All the children enjoyed the afternoon so much, they were sad to see our guests leaving. We will certainly be running similar events for the community in future.”

Broussa Day Nursery and Nursery School is part of Elmscot Group which started 17 years ago and now has 14 educational settings, including their eight Kids Collective out-of-school clubs. Elmscot Group was established in 2001 by two Altrincham-based working mums, Stephanie Molnar and Dee McKenzie, a biologist and accountant respectively, who were struggling to find a homely nursery offering outstanding childcare, nutrition and education for their own children. Stephanie and Dee continue to run the organisation with their 225 colleagues and are now responsible for the care and early years’ education of over 1,700 children.