Many of our nurseries have been celebrating Lunar (also called Chinese) New Year!
The Lunar New Year signals the end of the winter period and is a sign of new growth to come. For 2023, the Lunar New Year will start on 22nd January and will celebrate the Year of the Rabbit. The sign of Rabbit is a symbol of longevity, peace, and prosperity in Chinese culture. 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
The Chesterfield nursery celebrated the Lunar New Year both within nursery and out in the community. At nursery the children enjoyed lots of different activities throughout the day and even a delicious Chinese Lunch of chow mein and veg spring rolls.
On their monthly trip to local Riverdale Care Home, the children enjoyed making lanterns with the residents in January’s visit, putting smiles on everyone’s faces!.
Amy Webster-Melland, Nursery Deputy Manager at KIDS PLANET CHESTERFIELD said:
“As always, we set out to celebrate lots of different festivals and events throughout the year as this promotes diversity throughout the nursery, as well as ensuring all of our families feel included within the setting.
We take monthly visits to the local care home with the children, they have created great bonds with the residents over there and enjoy going to see them so working alongside their activities team they decided to bring the celebration together for this month’s visit.”
The Preschool children went on a walk into the local community to look for signs of Chinese New Year! They stopped at a local Hong Kong store to welcome them into the community and to purchase some decorations ready for Chinese New Year.
The children had lots of fun exploring in the shop and have loved putting the decorations up in the room. Pre-School are very excited to learn more about this festival.
To celebrate Chinese New year, Kids Planet Hanford set up a lovely display in the Toddler room to support the nursery curriculum intent of Communication and Language.
Looking at the animals and culture of China, the beautiful set up also encourages the children to learn about a new culture with visual prompts.
The team were able to create fun for the children with 5 spice dough, and incorporating some Chinese vegetables into their role play, water tray and mud kitchen too.