Dromore Nursery School recently embarked on a transition week designed to bring together all 80 of its children to experience larger groups in preparation for Primary One.
The week of activities began with a visit from Phil’s Farm, which saw the car park transformed into a mini-Safari Park.
The children were introduced to an alpaca,pigmy goats, a French rabbit, a ram, specialist hens and a miniature pony called Rocky who pulled a cart just the right size for four- year-olds.
The star attraction was a wallaby called Skippy who bounced around the car park with the children bouncing alongside
In another end-of-term event the nursery school held its annual safety day and, again, the ca-park was transformed, this time into a a motor vehicle showroom, with a vintage Rover car, a John Deer tractor, a police car and fire engine.
The children were allowed to explore the vehicles.
Said principal Mrs Sharon Beattie: “A big thank-you to Mr Mitchell for bringing us the tractor, Mr Tinsley for sharing his amazing vintage car and of course the members of our local police and fire brigade services.
“As school finishes for the summer it is important that children have a heightened sense of danger when playing around vehicles in their environments.
“Managing risk is an essential skill for all children to learn.”
There followed two more fun-packed days for Dromore Nursery School, first up, a musical extravaganza led by Patricia Hamilton of the Patricia Hamilton School of Music and Performing Arts.
For the final half hour of the morning younger siblings and their parents and childminders were treated to a taster session of music and movement.
Next was the annual walk around Dromore Park, time to explore the play park and surrounding grounds, ahead of a barbecue.