LITTLE learners are making a bee-line for school life – after capping off their nursery years in style.
Busy Bees Day Nursery in Cleadon was a hive of activity during an emotional graduation day for its youngsters.
Tots aged three and four got dressed up in caps and gowns to pay a fond farewell to staff at the Front Street nursery.
Rather than the traditional black attire, the children donned bright red and yellow outfits to make for a colourful occasion.
A total of 26 children, all starting at primary school in September, were joined by staff and proud parents at two ceremonies held in the morning and afternoon.
Police constables Paul Wolfe and Clare Mallinson handed out graduation certificates to the little ones on their big day.
The children, aged three and four, were also presented with goodie bags.
They then sang a goodbye song on their final day at the nursery.
Hayley Malpas, an early-years teacher at Busy Bees, said a fantastic time was had by staff and children alike.
Mrs Malpas said: “We had two graduations on the day, with 26 children in total graduating.
“It was an emotional day for everyone as many of the children I’ve been here since they were just a few months old.
“Everyone had a very enjoyable day.
“We had two police officers come along on the day, Pc Wolfe and Pc Mallinson, to hand out certificates.
“We do the graduation ceremony every year.
“It is a tradition now and is always fun.”
The graduation ceremonies were held at the Little Theatre in Cleadon, with proud parents filling the venue to see their children on a momentous day.
They will be hoping to double up with a second graduation in many years’ time when their youngsters graduate from university.