PRE-SCHOOL children from across York are being encouraged to get their paint sets out to take part in an art competition for toddlers.

The competition run by The Mount Junior School is looking for as many pre-school York children as possible to to take part in their Winter Art Exhibition which will run from January 28. It is the school’s first exhibition of works by local nursery and pre-school children.

The entries, with a winter theme, will be judged by York celebrity artist and gallery owner Greg McGee, who will join The Mount School’s head of art studies Sian Gabraitis and Haydn Lewis, deputy news editor and education reporter at The Press, who will select three outstanding entries.

The winning school will receive art supplies from the Mount Junior School, and the top three pictures will feature in The Press.

Rachel Capper, head of The Mount Junior School, said: “Members of the public and especially parents of children whose works feature in the exhibition are invited to the opening on January 28.

“The event begins at 1pm, and the exhibition will be open during school hours until February 4. We chose the theme of winter to encourage children to look at their surroundings and at what’s going on around them, and to let that inspire their creativity.”

Mr Lewis, said: “The competition is a chance for children to get busy with their paint brushes and create some bright and lively creations, showing off winter in all its glory. Best of luck to all those taking part and I look forward to seeing the entries.”

The closing date for entries is January 21. The age range is from two to five-year-olds and participation is free. Family members and the public are invited to view the exhibition during school hours.

On February 6, the school will hold its first Disney Dance Workshop for three-five-year-olds.

Run by the school’s dance instructor, Leigh Haines, the workshop encourages children to explore movement and rhythm. Local nurseries and preschools are invited to take part from 10am to 11.30am. Parents are invited to come and watch the final performance.

Any parents interested can phone 01904 667500 or email