Brave Talia starts nursery

Talia Foster with Springwell School teaching assistant Pam Connolly. Picture by FRANK REID
Talia Foster with Springwell School teaching assistant Pam Connolly. Picture by FRANK REID

BRAVE youngster Talia Foster has made a milestone move as the attends her first days at nursery.

The adorable three-year-old started at both Springwell Primary School, in Wiltshire Way, and Grange Primary School, in Owton Manor Lane, Hartlepool, this week.

Her loving parents, Clair, 37, and Brendan, 35, who live in the Owton Manor area of town, spoke of their “huge pride” as they sat and watched as Talia enjoyed playing with the staff and the other children.

The couple stayed with Talia while she got her first taste of nursery life.

But they were so pleased with how it went that they are going to leave her with nursery staff next week.

“She absolutely loved it,” said Clair.

“We just stood to the side and watched and we didn’t really know how she would respond.

“But she didn’t cry once, she had one look over to see if we were there and that was it, she just loved it.”

Talia started at Springwell School on Wednesday afternoon and had her first day at Grange yesterday.

“The children at Grange were absolutely fantastic with her,” added Clair, who is also a mum to Callum, 16, and Gabrielle, seven.

“I always wanted to start Talia at a mainstream school as well and Grange Primary do cater very well for pupils with special needs.

“We were so proud of her, she just takes everything in her stride, nothing seems to phase her.”

Clair said Talia’s favourite activities are trampolining and playing with musical instruments, which she can enjoy at both nurseries.

“The teachers at both were really helpful, they made Talia feel at home,” she added.

“She loves trampolining and music, she enjoys all sorts of interactive things.”

Talia starting nursery is the latest boost for the family.

Medics were delighted with the youngster’s development when she when for a recent check up, and physiotherapy sessions are also going very well.

Generous residents in the town have now raised more than £30,000 for the youngster to help fund treatment and specialist equipment.

Even more was added to the coffers recently when a reunion of ex-members from two football teams raised £1,309.

Talia’s family joined former footballers from the Chester Hotel and Hartlepool Rovers Quoit Club in enjoying the event at the Quoit Club, in Hartlepool’s Grainger Street.

It was organised by Rift House resident Dwane Douglas, 45, a dad-of-two who has played for both teams.

“It was a brilliant event,” added Clair.

“I’ve known Dwane for a long time and we would like to say thank you to everyone who came along and donated, the room was full to capacity.”