As a Childminder, whenever one of my little ones start school it’s always a proud, yet emotional moment for me.
Those bonds we share everyday are strong and although they are not my own children, a piece of my heart goes with them on their 1st day at school, as I fondly remember them as babies and; their first babblings, to articulate words and sentences, leaning to feed themselves, spag bol up the walls Picasso style, potty training, learning to crawl, walk, skip, hop, jump, make marks on paper (or furniture, floors and walls!) sing their first nursery rhymes, funny comments, and building their first brick tower or puzzle.
They are all mini moments in history, etched on our memories forever.
In these moments of reflection, I feel proud that I’ve helped them, along with their loving parents, get this far. Helping to build foundations I know, will set them in good stead for their futures of unlimited possibilities.
Who knows what each child will become?
Every child has the potential to benefit society and even change the world.
Right now, you’ll never know the impact your child may have upon the planet?
In the absence of other people’s opinions and limiting beliefs, children can realise their dreams. If we felt when we were younger, that becoming Prime Minister wasn’t an aspiration that we could achieve, that doesn’t mean our children can’t. I suspect Margaret Thatcher’s parents didn’t expect her to become the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and the first female Head of National Government in Europe, but she did it!
From humble beginnings we all grow!
Yes, today one of our little ones, starts her first day at nursery, and I’m reminded how very lucky I am to share in their life, and to have been given such a great responsibility and privilege, as we have with all the other children before them and yet to come.
Not one child we have cared for over the past fifteen years has just been another child. Each child is special, all unique individuals, impacting our lives in numerous different ways, all thankfully good.
I can remember every single one, even those in their twenties who refuse my Social Media friend requests today lol!
And we are proud to be Godparents to many too.
So why do I love my Job….?
Today I was told I was loved, and all it took was a custard cream.
Today I felt the love and all I did was read a short story.
Today a child fell over and all I could be was loving.
I COULDN’T WORK WITH KIDS
People joke, ‘I don’t know how you do your job; I couldn’t work with kids all day!’
And I ponder why?
As I swing in the sunshine at the park, listening to all the children laughing and playing.
I get to walk through nature every day, alongside little inquisitive people, who see everything with fresh eyes and awe, no matter what the season.
They get excited by the allure of a puddle of rain water, they notice the clouds that pass them by, the ever-changing trees swaying in the breeze, and the birds singing, while balancing on its branch with ease.
Such simple things tend to please.
IT’S ONLY THE SCHOOL RUN
Yes, it’s only the school run and a normal day just like any other, we may be all hurried and worried and racing to get it done, but young children find it fascinating, amazed but such simplicity and beauty. They see what we’ve forgot to notice.
Everyday I’m blessed to have little friends who point these gifts of nature out to me, for without them, I would be oblivious to all the splendour around.
TREES ARE GREEN
All too often I hear a child asking a grownup;
‘What colour are the trees?’
And the grownup will smile knowingly and say;
‘Well, trees are green.’
But a child will know better.
Yes, children are younger and wiser, their mission always fun, naturally happy and full of possibilities, of things not yet done.
Love, laughter and joy is always present, especially when working with children, that’s why I love my job!