Five years ago, I carried Ella through these doors in her car seat as a little baby, when life was still so full of worry and uncertainty. The staff embraced Ella and all her needs, just as they do every child who comes through those blue doors. They mastered her feeding tube, went on SEN/Down's Syndrome specific courses and learnt Makaton, which they still use throughout the nursery today (two of the nursery nurses are now Makaton tutors).
Three years after Ella started at the nursery, Lucy followed in her big sisters footsteps. For a while, it was lovely having them in the same place and being able to drop them off and pick them up together. They were even able to spend some time together during the nursery day, despite being in different rooms.
It felt like the end of an era when Ella left to go to pre-school two years ago. However, this week, the blue doors have closed on us for the last time as Lucy has now also left the nursery as she gets ready to start life as a pre-schooler.
Both our girls have come out of the nursery as confident, bright and happy young girls. Leaving an amazing place where they have both learnt to fly, cared for by an amazing team of staff who we cannot thank enough.