The Notts and Lincs Air Ambulance helicopter descended on the pitch at Worksop Rugby Club, on Stubbing Lane, as the youngsters squealed with excitement.
It was all organised by Worksop mum Karen Davis whose three-year-old son Ryan goes to the nursery.
Ryan suffers from a severe anaphylactic wheat allergy, meaning he has to be extra careful what he eats and plays with.
Even resources like play dough, pasta, flour and cereal could pose life-threatening danger.
But the staff at St Mary’s have adapted and done training to make sure he is cared for and safe, and feels just like any of his class mates.
“I wanted to do this to recognise the excellent staff of St Mary’s Pre-School and all the help they have given Ryan,” said Karen, of Laburnum Close.
“St Mary’s has become the place where he can be fully Ryan, and that means everything.”
Karen presented a special Guardian Rose to all the pre-school staff, to thank them for their care and dedication.
• For more on this story see next week’s Worksop Guardian - out Friday 19th October.