Ahead of the big night for families and carers, a rehearsal was held to practise their ‘No Tree For Christmas’ performance at Castel Church.
Usually preschoolers go to the Jubilee Day Centre to perform their nativity and have dinner there but cannot this year.
‘We’ve been practising for around four weeks,’ said manager Heidi De Mouilpied.
No Tree For Christmas includes educational messages about the original meaning of Christmas, away from presents and fairy lights.
‘Mary and Joseph are on holiday today – they’re probably still travelling [to Bethlehem].
‘We have around 30 children in the older group, and have the younger group coming on Friday as well, which could take us up to about 50. The little ones are joining in to sing Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.’
Other nursery-friendly tunes sung during the nativity include Baa Baa Black Sheep, Chick Chick Chick Chick Chicken, Fast Red Car, Incy Wincy Spider, and We Wish You A Merry Christmas.
Sign language has been incorporated into the nativity.
‘We’re trying to add sign language in. We have some children with speech delay, but thought it was important for all children to learn to sign.’
Leaning sign language can improve speech development in young children and can prevent frustration when unsure of how to express meaning verbally. ‘Two of our staff have just done an eight-week course and the plan is for our other staff to soon.’
Jubilee Day Centre clients will miss the Little Buttons visit this year after closing in November due to risks associated with community seeding.
‘We can’t go this year, which is a shame. We always do it in the church for parents but go there too to bring some cheer.’
The centre will open for Christmas Party Week next week only to benefit client wellbeing.
Mourant donated book bags to all of the pre-school children to encourage reading in children and prepare them for primary school.