As many of you know I have had the privilege of working as the manager of Ready Teddy Go – EMC Nursery for the past ten years. After a great deal of thought I have decided to leave the nursery when the summer term ends. I have mixed feelings on leaving. I feel sad to be to be saying goodbye to my colleagues, the children and their parents, but I am also looking forward to spending more time with my family.
When I took over the post in September 2008, I was succeeding Christine Riley who had worked tirelessly to set up and grow the nursery over the first ten years. She still is a member of the Nursery management committee and I am so grateful to Christine and John Riley, Lynn Mee, Geoff Morris, Liz Frost, Mark Wakelin and Chris Shaw for all the help and support they have given me. I couldn’t have enjoyed this experience as much as I have done, without the amazing staff team who support me. We have had a lot of fun working together and watching our little and big bears grow. I will never forget the kindness of my colleagues when my husband died. They kept the nursery running so that the children could have continuity and their nursery experience disrupted as little as possible. So thank you Irene, Ginette, Sarah, Karen, Jenny, Hayley, Guida, Gill, Caroline and Anna. I will miss you all.
I have loved working with all parents and children I have met over my time here. Many of them still keep in touch and I know that my first ‘batch’ of nursery children are now at secondary school. That makes me feel very old! I am also grateful to all of you who see the nursery working on a day to day basis and are friendly and helpful; everyone in the church office, the coffee shop, other hirers and church members.
Nursery Education has changed incredibly in the last twenty years. When I first began working in in this sector, twenty-six years ago, we did not have an early year’s curriculum, there were no policies and procedures and no Ofsted! Early year’s education is now recognised as the most important time in a child’s education and sets the foundations for their future education. Our role is vitally important and I believe passionately that children should be able to be children for as long as possible. One of my favourite quotes is by Maria Montessori who said, ‘Play is the work of the child’.
So, as I hand the baton of the nursery manager to my successor, I am confident that she is going to take the nursery into a new phase of its life and I wish her every happiness in her new role. I will miss you all but hope to keep in touch and will no doubt bump into some of you from time to time.
Ready Teddy Go!
The Nursery is a community-based group, which is open to all and managed by Epsom Methodist Church. The Nursery is open on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9-15 am to 12-15 pm for children between 2½ years old to school age (term times). Contact Details Address: Epsom Methodist Church, Ashley Road, Epsom, KT18 5AQ Mrs. Sarah Boswell - 07376 415411 Nursery Emergency - 07376 388987