Poem For Parents of Children going to School for the first time!
I know you are rather busy, first day back there is just no time,
A whole new class of little ones and this one here is mine.
I’m sure you have things covered, and have done this lots before,
But my child is very little, and (s) he’s only just turned four.
In (her) his uniform this morning, (s he looked so tall and steady,
But now beside your great big school, I’m not quite your (s) he’s ready.
Do you help them eat their lunch? Are you quick to soothe their fears?
And if (s) he falls and hurts (her) his knee, will someone dry (her) his tears.
And what if no-one plays with (her) him, what if someone’s mean?
What if two kids have a fight? And (s) he is caught in between?
You’re right I have to leave now, it’s time for (her) him to go.
I’m sure (s) he’ll learn so much from you, things that I don’t even know.
Yes I’m sure they settle quickly, that (s) he’s fine now without me,
I know (s) he has to go to school, it is just so fast you see,
It seems just like a blink ago, I held him in my arms,
It has been my job to love, to teach, to keep (her) him safe from harm.
So when I wave goodbye in a moment and (s) he turns to walk inside,
Forgive me if I crumble, into tears of loss and pride.
I know as I give (her) him one last kiss, and watch (her) him walk away,
That (s) he’ll never again be wholly mine, as he was before today.
I understand that you are scared, to wave your child goodbye,
And leave (her) him in a teacher’s hands, don’t worry if you cry.
I’m used to weeping parents, it’s hard to leave I know,
But it’s time to share (her) him just a bit, to help (her) him learn and grow.
Let me reassure you, that I’ll give your child my best,
I’ll wipe away (her) his tears, soothe (her) his fears, and change (her) his dirty vest!
If your darling child is full of cold, I’ll blow their nose all day,
Just like you, I’ll care for them, in a very special way.
Soon you’ll see some changes, in your little girl or boy,
They’ll become more independent, and to see this is a joy.
I’ll teach them all I have to give, to share, to climb and to write,
But to you they safely will return, to tuck them in at night!
The staff of Dromore Nursery School