Bid Richardson will leave Cobram's Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten next week after 13 years of service.RIAHN SMITH December 12, 2013 4:00am
Fond farewell: Bid Richardson will leave Cobram's Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten next week after 13 years' service.
After more than a decade of caring for the town’s children, one of Cobram’s most popular kindergarten teachers is bidding farewell.
Bid Richardson will leave Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten next Tuesday to pursue field work with Moira Family Day Care.
The Numurkah childcare worker said her 13-year stint at the community-run centre had been memorable and fulfilling.
‘‘It’s incredible seeing the children develop into their own people, building their own personalities, finding their feet and finding out who they are,’’ Ms Richardson said.
‘‘A lot come from the childcare centre across the road so you’ve known a lot of them since they were babies.
‘‘It’s quite amazing now because some of them have left high school, it’s lovely for me because everyone still remembers me.’’
Ms Richardson said the kindergarten was a special place to be.
‘‘It’s just a beautiful community kindergarten where the parents and the community are very involved.
‘‘It wasn’t always a great kinder, but it’s been built up over the years. It’s not so much run by the staff but by the parents and the children.
‘‘(Eilleen Taylor) was an amazing woman, the community still talk about her work so the fact that we’re still giving such good service is such a bonus.’’
Cobram District Children Services outgoing president Kathryn Maddox, whose daughter attended the kindergarton several years ago, said Ms Richardson’s bubbly personality would be sadly missed.
‘‘Bid has been a valuable member of the CDCS team for many years and has become a familiar face to many families throughout Cobram,’’ Ms Maddox said.
‘‘Those who have attended Eilleen Taylor Kindergarten during Bid’s time .
‘‘Bid has always had a special knack for involving families with the kinder program and creating a bright and energetic kinder environment.’’
Ms Richardson said while she was excited to begin the next chapter of her career, she was sorry to be saying goodbye.
‘‘I’m very sad, every time I think about it I tear up,’’ she said.
‘‘It’ll be very strange not getting in the car and driving to Cobram every day but I think the time is right.
‘‘It’s been very rewarding. I wouldn’t have swapped (my time here) for anything, it’s been a lovely experience.’’
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