What an emotional week. Staff were just about holding it together as we said goodbye to so many of our older children who are moving on to school in September. I am exhausted, having moved a bouncy castle and inflatable tunnel from one nursery to another, set them up, taken them down and on again.
But what a wonderful experience each ‘graduation’ has been. In the usual Paint Pots way, each one has been very different but equally fantastic –
At one, Paint Pots balloons were launched symbolising each child going off into their future; there was a Pirate’s Party at another. One nursery gave a musical presentation of Goldilocks and the last one held a ceremony where each child received a card which was read out to parents telling them why this child is special and unique.
There were many tears from staff and parents but also a lot of laughter. I asked 4 year old P what a graduation was. She replied – “It’s where grown ups say lots of boring stuff, you stay there until the olden days and then you die!”
What was most rewarding for us was the really heartfelt thanks we received from parents. The comments, cards and presents were quite overwhelming and made us appreciate the hard work and the extra effort our staff do every day. We received a substantial donation towards resources for the children at one nursery, at another we were given a magnificent clock made by the mum of the family, and we also received a beautiful photo frame inscribed with words of thanks. We had dozens of cards and presents for the staff.
It has been a wonderful week. It makes us realise why we keep doing what we do and how great the children are, how supportive and appreciative their parents are and how wonderful all our staff are.
There is nothing more rewarding than to have made a difference in the life of a child.