For your teachers, on their first day of school with the newbies


Good morning teachers!


Welcome to your very own class of newbies for this new academic year. Look at all their little eager faces.

Or not.


Yes. Someone will always be breaking their heart and sobbing in the doorway with mum.


There will be those that simply just sit and stare, possibly scared stiff perhaps? But don’t worry, it’s not you.


You’ll probably have some old hat nursery faces, who, having never EVER played together before, will now be running-a-mock as glued together bandits out in the playground. Refusing to say goodbye to bewildered mums and dads and scaring the living day lights out of the new classroom assistant who’s only just got her first aid certificate. But don’t worry, it’s not you.


Somebody WILL be undoing your handy work. Carefully mixing up your colour coordinated book displays. Your neatly placed pencils and rubbers are now being used as a fort, make-shift train track, a sword and shield?! But don’t worry, it’s not you.


Amongst the chaos will be us. My little one is likely to be the one hiding behind me. I’ll avoid the blushes and not wear lose fitting clothing incase she decides to attempt to use them as an invisibility cloak. Because let me tell you, retrieving a little one from under your top without flashing your boobies it’s pretty tricky stuff.


Millie's Beach Huts


And, whilst she may be doing her best impression of Harry Potter and vanishing before your very eyes today. Here’s the thing; it’s most definitely not because of you.


She’s actually very excited to be in your class and has only heard the highest of praises about you. She wants to be here and is ready to grab all that knowledge we know you are so keen to share.


Kew Gardens


Get to know our little disappearing magician and you will find that actually, she’s quite the opposite of what she first seems. She’s no meek mouse. Strong willed to always do the right thing, kind and generous are her super powers. She’s just hiding them away right now, because first days are always a bit scary aren’t they.


Little List of Sunshine


And, whilst there’s no doubt in my mind that it will be like trying to pull grilled cheese off toast today, we know she’s ready for this new adventure and her chance to shine.


Enjoy your new class of newbies! For they will never forget how you made them feel on their first day of school.







  1. September 7, 2017 / 2:49 am

    Annette this is so perfect. Your little magician is such a star and you must be so proud of her. I know her teachers will love her to bits – even if there is a bit of a “grilled cheese” moment at the outset. Thinking of you all. Here’s to new the adventures xx

  2. September 8, 2017 / 2:50 am

    Lovely post. My daughter is the same, so quiet and shy in front of her new teacher. But later on at home, she will tell me how much she likes her. Best of luck!

  3. September 8, 2017 / 3:27 am

    Aw. Wishing all teachers all the best for the start of school.
    May your kids have fun too.

  4. September 12, 2017 / 5:04 am

    You really do remember your first teacher. I just asked around and all my friends can name their first teacher, including me! #DreamTeam

  5. September 12, 2017 / 5:41 am

    Ahh honey this is such a gorgeous post. It is such a massive milestone and you have summed it up beautifully. And you’re quite right – you do remember how they made you feel on your first day and it’s an important memory xx #dreamteam

  6. September 12, 2017 / 5:50 am

    Lovely message for teachers! I hope your little girl is having a brilliant time at school x #dreamteam

  7. September 12, 2017 / 6:02 am

    What a lovely letter. Starting school is such a big deal and is bound to be a bit scary for little kids, but most will enjoy themselves once they settle in and find their feet. #dreamteam

  8. September 12, 2017 / 7:14 am

    Lovely post and my son is totally different at home X #dreamteam

  9. September 12, 2017 / 7:28 am

    Oh this is such a beautiful beautiful post and your daughter’s teacher is very lucky to have both your daughter in her class and you as her mum. What a wonderful way to write about that first day. Magical #DreamTeam

  10. September 12, 2017 / 7:42 am

    Adorable! Teachers sometimes get a bad rap and they have to deal with so much. I’m happy there’s others praising teachers and building them up, not bashing them. #DreamTeam

  11. September 12, 2017 / 8:22 am

    Great post – always feel for the teacher who need to start the year off with all these little ones. Each with their own little personality.#dreamteam

  12. September 12, 2017 / 11:36 am

    Bless – teachers are such great people and they sometimes don’t know how much of an impact they have on kids. They really are sometimes under appreciated. Lovely post and will definitely forward to my teacher friends. #DreamTeam

  13. September 12, 2017 / 4:24 pm

    Ahh don’t you worry! We know behind this meek and mild little face is a lovely, sparkly mind who will shine with confidence once she’s settled. Lovely post Annette. I hope she has loved her first few days! Xxx #dreamteam

  14. September 12, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    #dreamteam As a teacher I always feel blessed that parents choose our school, my classroom and that they sit waiting to absorb – its a true honour

  15. September 12, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    What a great post, good for all mums dads and teachers too. After all, we are feeling it too! Lovely pictures too! To a wonderful school term! #DreamTeam xoxo

  16. September 12, 2017 / 7:21 pm

    This was a lovely heart-warming read. I hope she had a great day! #DreamTeam

  17. September 12, 2017 / 8:22 pm

    Aw Annette this is amazing – as a reception teacher this is so nice to read. I definitely try to get to know all my newbies as individuals – this is the best part of my job – knowing all these little individuals and helping them grow. Hope it all goes well for you both! Thanks for hosting #DreamTeam

  18. September 12, 2017 / 11:25 pm

    Aw I love the angle you’ve written this post from!! Lol at the classroom assistant who’s only just got her First Aid Cert! Haha!! SUCH a good tip about avoiding the loose fitting clothing! I did not think of that and literally had a cocooned child somewhere among layers of fabric. We definitely had “grilled cheese” moments with our 2 school-goers but they both settled well. Hope your daughter is having a ball x #DreamTeam

  19. September 13, 2017 / 7:41 am

    Only me, popping back over from #DreamTeam. Hope Little Button gets on ok today. I know she’ll be completely fab once she’s settled in! xxx

  20. September 13, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    Awww I hope she enjoys school. Thats a lovely post 🙂 We’re in the same boat as I started school this week too x #DreamTeam

  21. September 13, 2017 / 1:08 pm

    Oh Annette, you’ve written this so perfectly. I’ll always be so grateful for how well my daughters reception teachers helped her and her class settle in to school x

  22. September 13, 2017 / 4:29 pm

    Hi, what a lovely post its a big milestone that is all prt of growing up, I’m glad that the teacher seems to be a big hit and hope that the first week went well #dreamteam

  23. September 13, 2017 / 7:23 pm

    Lovely post and your daughter actually sounds pretty similar to my Skyler! Hope she is enjoying her new class x x #DreamTeam

  24. September 13, 2017 / 8:09 pm

    Hope she is enjoying her new class. Our little one is still in nursery. I imagine he will also be the quiet one at school later. #DreamTeam

  25. September 14, 2017 / 4:56 am

    What a lovely post. A childs first teacher is such an important person, they can make or break a childs love for school. I hope your little miss has a fantasic time at school. #dreamteam

  26. September 14, 2017 / 11:16 am

    I still remember my first teacher, she was amazing #dreamteam

  27. September 14, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    Oh this is such a lovely post. I hope she had a great first day. This will be us next year, which is terrifying! I am not ready for that yet. #dreamteam

  28. September 14, 2017 / 12:54 pm

    My daughter is exactly the same. So quiet and barely talks the teacher of her playgroup says. Then within a few weeks they see the real side to her. Fun loving, yes a little quiet but her own kindred spirit who doesn’t take crap off of anyone. #dreamteam

  29. September 14, 2017 / 7:08 pm

    This is a really lovely post 🙂
    I could have written it myself about my little man!

  30. September 14, 2017 / 9:44 pm

    This is so lovely. And you’re right about remembering the first day of school. I still remember mine from all those years ago. It’s a big day for the little ones, but its a big day for the teachers too I bet. #dreamteam

  31. September 15, 2017 / 12:31 pm

    LOVE this! I have a little one who likes to hide in my clothes too! I hope she has had a really good start to the year and is settling in well #dreamteam

  32. September 15, 2017 / 6:09 pm

    This is a really lovely spin on the starting school posts I’ve been reading. What a lovely way to celebrate teachers, I love it. #dreamteam

  33. September 15, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    This is such a lovely post. What lovely words to remember this milestone in your daughters life (and yours!). #DreamTeam

  34. September 15, 2017 / 8:54 pm

    Having worked in schools, I found this post really lovely to focus on their side of the story. It is a big deal for us too! #dreamteam

  35. September 16, 2017 / 11:50 am

    Aww this is so lovely – I really hope her teacher got to see this! And I hope all went smoothly for her #dreamteam

  36. September 16, 2017 / 2:38 pm

    We often forget about the teachers and what it’s like for them on their first day! I hope your little button has started to settle in 🙂 #dreamteam

  37. September 17, 2017 / 9:25 am

    This is lovely – I really hope your little magician got on well. I’ve got to be honest, I’m relieved the first couple of weeks are over. The build-up was just heart wrenching! #dreamteam

  38. September 18, 2017 / 8:21 pm

    Oh this is so adorable! I can’t wait to hear all about little buttons first term and all the wonderful things she managed to get up to! #dreamteam

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