We had a ball at Sheffield pre-school prom

Children at Woodthorpe Children's Centre held there own prom to celebrate their graduation upto Nursery
Children at Woodthorpe Children's Centre held there own prom to celebrate their graduation upto Nursery
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THESE cute tots have not even started school yet - but they have already enjoyed their very first prom.

Youngsters aged three and four celebrated leaving Woodthorpe Children’s Centre, and said goodbye to their friends, in what is thought to be Sheffield’s youngest prom.

They donned smart suits and dream dresses for the party, where they enjoyed food, fun and let off balloons to see how far they could go.

The prom - a first for the centre - was the idea of a little girl who uses the facility.

Shirley Frances, childcare manager, said: “We were going to have an Olympic event, but, with the weather, we were looking for something else to do instead.

“The idea came from a little girl who liked dressing up.

“Children that came are all going to different schools, so it was their last chance to see each other socially.

“Some of them have been with us since they were six months old.”

One balloon released by a child was handed in just an hour after the party when it was found by a man at Magna, Rotherham.

But staff are hoping they will be found as far afield as Germany.

The prom at the Lewis Road centre may have had all the fun of the school equivalent, but usual excesses such as limos were absent.

Shirely said: “The children said it was wonderful, some of the little boys got dressed up in suits, some in smart casual and the girls in dresses.

“It wasn’t a huge prom, we didn’t want it to be like a gypsy wedding.”

And youngsters will be presented with a special momento, as the centre is putting together a photograph album for each child with pictures from their time at the centre.

Shirley said: “I would like to say that we do have amazing children here,

“It was a big group effort from the staff and parents.”