These programs are great for children in that they allow them to learn something new and socialise with new people, and that’s no doubt why the parents of the children are so keen to get involved and to turn up to the welcome speech. Tell everybody who you are, and remember you need to be friendly. Being friendly is key to keeping the attention, as well as making sure that you stick to the topic. Going off topic will only lose your audience’s attention and waste time with a speech that already meant to be ‘short’.
Finally, you need to offer an interactive part of the welcome speech. It’s important that the parents are able to ask questions if they have any concerns, or otherwise. You may want to use the usual approach of asking if there are any questions at the end of your speech. You may, however, want to tell the parents and friends that they are welcome to attend a question and answers session. A question and answers session will clear up any information that you perhaps did not make completely clear in your welcome speech. Don’t worry, and be friendly. You’ll be fine.