My daughter is off to university, she is going to the prestigious Norland College in Bath, to study for an Early Years Degree and the Norland Diploma. She has dreamt of this since she was about 12, we visited for three open days, she's worked so hard to get plenty of experience working with children, she got the equivalent of three A levels (A grade) in her CACHE child development qualification and apart from the very real worry of leaving home, she hasn't wobbled in her determination to get there!
Yes I am incredibly proud of this young lady, she is beautiful (inside and out), committed, determined and she knows her own mind, she has never allowed peer pressure to influence her, she has at times struggled with some aspects of her academic education but she has pushed on regardless. She is quiet but confident, she will speak up if she sees an injustice but she will also walk away if necessary. She is very petite and so calm and so gentle. And she looks like Mary Poppins in her uniform - they wear this formal uniform for three years while studying and have a practical navy blue uniform for when they are on placement. Then when working it will only be worn occasionally - you may have spotted The Cambridge's Norland Nanny, Maria, wearing hers at Charlotte's christening.
She now has the most amazing opportunity ahead of her, she has three years of hard work, then another year working before gaining the right to be officially called a Norland Nanny. She could travel the world but equally she could work in London or Marlow, whatever she wants to do. She can work as a Nanny but there are other fantastic opportunities too. This is only the start for her. And most important - that she is happy.
I know her future charges will love her. She will be an asset to both Norland and the families she eventually works for.
I am going to miss her beyond words. She is my daughter first but my best friend too. I couldn't have asked for a better relationship with her. We are incredibly close. I know we will talk every day and I will love every trip to Bath to see her. But I have done my job well so far - she is ready to fly but I will be there cheering her on every step of the way.
I am taking a blog break now until after she has been safely delivered to her student house and is ready to start her welcome week on 9th September. We have a very very long 'to do' list to work through! And I want to make the most of having her at home I'm looking forward to our trip to IKEA.
Best wishes, love and hugs to all the other mothers out there reading this who are waving their son or daughter off to university! We can do this! And if that is you, comment below and let me know.
And finally, good luck Emily! I know you will be brilliant!
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