Etta and Artie 'graduate' Nursery

Holly Branson with her son, Artie
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Holly Branson
Holly Branson's writing
Published on 4 July 2019

We had the most lovely (and emotional) day yesterday celebrating Etta and Artie’s nursery 'graduation'!

We were surrounded by a sea of little ones all beaming with pride as they sang songs and collected their certificates. They also had a photo booth with gowns and hats to get some really cute photos.

Etta and Artie hug Holly Branson
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It was wonderful to see Etta, Artie and all of their friends so excited to start ‘big school’ in September. For all of us parents though, it was a little bit bittersweet. The day was filled with laughter and tears as we realised our little ones are really growing up!

Following the lead of the little ones, the parents collectively mopped up tears, plastered big smiles on our faces and, low and behold, we too started to get excited about ‘Big School’ in September! 

Holly's twin children with backpacks holding hands
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It’s hard to sum up the wonderful years at nursery school, but my friend sent me a beautiful poem, that paints a pretty perfect picture. Full disclaimer, I did cry when I read it!

A pre-school good-bye

Sticky fingers, runny noses

Head, shoulders, knees and toe-es.

Shapes and colours, ABC's,

Taking turns and 1 2 3's.


Toothless smiles, hugs and giggles,

Circle Time and lots of wiggles.

Wooden blocks and dress up clothes,

Learning how a flower grows.


Milk and cookies, first time friends,

Thinking days like these won't end.

Preschool done before you know it.

No one sadder than this poet.


Like a butterfly, time has flown,

You have learned and you have grown.

Tiny chairs give way to desks,

Book reports and spelling tests.


So take off now, spread your wings,

Soar to new heights, learn new things.

Just remember, as you do...

Someone's very proud of you.

- Anon