Lockdown birthday party to remember in Easter holiday school programme

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Lockdown birthday party to remember in Easter holiday school programme

Schools activity programme helps vulnerable children and those of critical workers

Happy lockdown birthday

One young girl had a fifth birthday to remember after staff manning our Easter holiday schools activities programme threw her a special lockdown party.

Eight of our schools have been open these last two weeks, caring for vulnerable children and those of critical workers in the fight against Coronavirus.

And when they heard that it was one girl’s birthday, they pulled out all stops to make sure it was special.

Party time

Early Years Specialist, Helen Hircock, who has been our Duty of Care Officer in Toddington, these last two weeks said: “When the team heard that one of children would be celebrating their 5thbirthday in lockdown we knew we had to make her day as special as we could.

“We enjoyed our daily lunch on the school picnic tables and decorated the area with handmade happy birthday bunting, birthday banners and balloons.

“We made a pretend cardboard birthday cake and sang happy birthday, then one of the eldest children led the conga around the school playground, socially distancing of course, and we danced the hokey-cokey and played musical statues.

“We hope that she will always remember her lockdown birthday.”

Keeping children entertained and active

Toddington was one of eight schools across Central Bedfordshire that have ensured that an average of 15-20 children between the ages of 3 and 12 have been kept active and entertained during what would have been the Easter holiday.

Led by our Inspiring Music service, with help from staff from across the council, the children played ukuleles, African drums, had singing lessons and composed music on iPads.

And to keep active they’ve played socially distanced versions of sports including fencing, rugby, lacrosse, unihoc, basketball, cricket, football and athletics.

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