• IF ONLY CHILDREN CAME WITH A MANUAL If they did it would need to be a very different manual for each individual child!

    Parenting can be a tough and sometimes challenging occupation and is often described as the most difficult job in the world. We are always willing to share with you the benefits of our own learned wisdom and experience of child rearing – hindsight is a wonderful thing ! We also have the advantage of being able to pass on the experiences of the many, many parents we have known over the last 21 years!

    The World has changed a great deal since we first opened our nursery and the demands on parents are greater than ever. However children still need what they have always needed  – to be loved unconditionally, to be safe and  nurtured, played with, talked to, protected and acknowledged as the unique special little person they are.

  • I wrote the following letter from an imaginary child to their parents, as an assignment when I was training as a Primary School teacher. It is remarkable that it is as pertinent today as it was then and the sentiments are ones which have always remained with me.

    To Parents From Their Children

    Don’t spoil me. I know quite well that I ought not to have all I ask for, I’m only testing you.

    Don’t be afraid to be firm with me. I prefer it. It makes me feel more secure.

    Don’t let me form bad habits. I have to rely on you to detect them in the early stages.

    Don’t make me feel smaller than I am. It only makes me behave stupidly ‘big’.

    Don’t correct me in front of people if you can help it. I’ll take much more notice if you talk quietly with me in private.

    Don’t make me feel that my mistakes are sins. It upsets my sense of values.

    Don’t be too upset when I say ‘I hate you’. It isn’t you I hate but your power to thwart me.

    Don’t protect me from consequences. I need to learn the painful way sometimes.

    Don’t take too much notice of my small ailments. I am quite capable of trading on them.

    Don’t nag. If you do I shall have to protect myself by appearing deaf.

    Don’t make rash promises. Remember that I feel badly let down when promises are broken.

    Don’t forget that I cannot explain myself as well as I should like. That is why I am not always very accurate.

    Don’t tax my honesty too much. I am easily frightened into telling lies.

    Don’t be inconsistent. That completely confuses me and makes me loose faith in you.

    Don’t put me off when I ask questions. If you do you will find that I stop asking and seek my information elsewhere.

    Don’t tell me my fears are silly. They are terribly real and you can do much to reassure me if you try to understand.

    Don’t ever suggest that you are perfect and infallible. It gives me too great a shock when I discover that you are neither.

    Don’t ever think that it is beneath your dignity to apologise to me. An honest apology makes me feel surprisingly warm towards you.

    Don’t forget I love experimenting. I couldn’t get on without it, so please put up with it.

    Don’t forget how quickly I am growing up. It must be very difficult for you to keep pace with me, but please do try.

    Don’t forget that I can’t thrive without lots of understanding and love, but I don’t need to tell you that do I ?

    Author:  Lynette Blunkett-Evans

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  • At Papillon we value face to face interactions and conversations with parents. In this way, in our experience, parents obtain a comprehensive and more rounded impression of what their child is doing at nursery. This approach also enables staff to fully concentrate on the all important interactions and activities with children.

    We never forget that parents are their children’s first and enduring educators. At Papillon we pride ourselves on the strong interactive involvement we enjoy with parents. We like to think that this has been made possible by the warm home from home atmosphere we have created, in which all children and parents are welcomed and supported throughout the journey they share with us.