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Pitmedden Nursery spread joy with acts of kindness

By Kirsty Brown

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Children and staff at Pitmedden Nursery have been spreading some joy throughout the local community during lockdown.

Two years ago the nursery launched #PositivePitmedden, which promotes wellbeing and happiness to all - staff, children, their families and the wider community.

In the past this has included making a Happiness Box for their friends at Green Acres, who they are missing through the pandemic, as well as a You've Been Mugged project with staff and gifting flowers to parents to make them smile.

With everything that has been happening recently, the children thought that it would be a nice surprise for other people to get flowers from the nursery, with children saying that they wanted "to watch you guys being happy".

Staff thought that this was a great idea and decided to follow it up, helping the children to add labels to the flowers before setting off around the village on a flower placing adventure.

Each child was allocated one bunch of flowers and got to choose where they would be left to surprise an unsuspecting member of their community.

Children at Pitmedden Nursery wanted to brighten the day for people in lockdown.
Children at Pitmedden Nursery wanted to brighten the day for people in lockdown.

Senior practitioner within the nursery Claire Rennie said: "At Pitmedden nursery nurture, connection and community are embedded in our ethos and practice.

"We have a great home from home environment and our nursery rationale is 'when there’s a smile in your heart, there’s no better time to start' (from Disney’s Peter Pan).

"We have many established connections within the village, from the local shop to an amazing intergenerational project with the residents of Green Acres sheltered housing.

"We value the children’s voices and therefore we followed this child led idea and assisted the children in adding our labels to the flowers before setting off on our village adventure.

"There was much excitement and wonder about who would get a nice surprise and if it would make them happy.

"We had no idea it would be so well received by the community of Pitmedden and what a joy it was reading all the comments on social media - it really did spread some happiness."

Comments from recipients included: "I would like to thank the children very much as they spread a little happiness around the village at this difficult time" and "how lovely, we have a beautiful bunch of flowers at reception for everyone to enjoy".

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