The teachers have become family friends and the most trusted reference points for me when it comes to parenting. Little G loves her nursery but always speaks fondly of the creche and its environment. The friendships she made there, aged 1 onwards, are still the strongest friendships of her life so far.
There is one little girl who Miss G loved the moment she walked in through the door. Little M was Daisy Duck to Little G Minnie Mouse. They just 'got' each other. They shared toys, took turns at painting and behaved in a wonderful and gentle way towards each other. It was Little M who taught Miss G the Dreidel song and she has been singing it for months on end.
The Dreidel song is what Jewish children sing during Hannukah. I admit that despite having many Jewish friends I did not know this song, but I do now as Miss G is just as obsessed with it as her little friend M. Here she is in her rendition of it, together with an actual Dreidel.
We did not manage to go over to M's house for Hanukkah as originally planned, yet Miss G knows it is Hanukkah because another little girl at her current nursery is Jewish. She knew when it was Ramadam too because one of the teachers was fasting and she knows the story of Jesus and Mary as she will be taking part in the nativity play soon.
My 3 year old comes to Catholic church, has a Jewish best friend, a few Christian play mates and a couple of Muslims teachers and friends and you know what? She embraces all their cultures without judgement and with genuine interest.
If only adults could see the world through the eyes of a 3 year old and learn to embrace others' traditions and religions, wouldn't we all live in a much better world?