Beaumont Busy Bees at Beaumont School surprised by a visit from the Easter Bunny

TODDLERS were more than egg quoted when the Easter Bunny decided to come see them.

The Easter Bunny visited parents and their young children attending the weekly Beaumont Busy Bees session.

The children were surprised with special Easter gifts.

They also participated in an Easter egg hunt, decorated the eggs and, of course, talked to the Easter bunny.

Beaumont Busy Bees are held for parents, babies and toddlers every Wednesday morning at Beaumont Elementary School.

Together they participate in arts, crafts, and song and dance.

Beaumont Busy Bees with Karen Grainger and Deputy Head Teacher – Dale Sumner

Sessions are led by Vice Principal, Dale Sumner and Teaching Assistant Karen Grainger.

The club was created after Covid.

Dale, who said the kids love the fun Easter activity, said: “We knew a lot of playgroups had stopped during Covid and never started again, so parents in our local community were telling us that they had nowhere to take their babies and toddlers.

The Bolton News: Ibrahim with Ms Grainger and Ms SumnerIbrahim with Mrs. Grainger and Mrs. Sumner

“That’s when we came up with the idea for Beaumont Busy Bees and thought it would be great to do something for our local community.

“We run the sessions weekly and it was wonderful to see the kids gaining confidence and the parents also appreciated the chance to get to know each other.”

Beaumont Busy Bees decorating an egg

Beaumont Busy Bees decorating an egg

Hannah Dyson, mum to 26-month-old Matilda, said: ‘Matilda has never been in a playgroup before as she was born during the pandemic. Busy Bees has been a great resource for us. She loves playing with all the other kids and enjoys the singing and dancing activities every week.”

Sarah Richardson, mum to 20-month-old Freya, added: “The chance to meet other mums and dads has been awesome.

Matilda Dyson helping the Easter Bunny

Matilda Dyson helping the Easter Bunny

“The opportunities my daughter has had to participate in activities we wouldn’t normally do at home have been wonderful. Freya has become so outgoing since coming to Busy Bees – we love it.”

Afshan Aljilani, parent of 10-month-old Ibrahim, said: “The Busy Bees session was absolutely brilliant for my son and myself. This is one of the best playgroups I’ve been on. My son was born during Covid-19 and therefore spent much of his first few months in isolation.

Freya Richardson collecting eggs for the Easter Bunny

Freya Richardson collecting eggs for the Easter Bunny

“This playgroup has been essential to his development. Each week there is a new theme, with a variety of different fun activities to do. Each week ends with a group singing and dancing session that the children – and the parents – love it. The setting is relaxed and welcoming and both; the teachers and the setting, project a warmth and friendliness that makes you feel special. My son learned some valuable skills coming to Busy Bees. The qualities this group offered were fantastic for us Mrs Sumner and Mrs Grainger are brilliant with the children Their genuine passion and enthusiasm shines through in the wonderful sessions and it is reflected in seeing how much my son and the other kids love Busy Bees.

Alicia R. Rucker