LONDON: Toddlers burst into song during bus operator’s visit

From left: Tracey Browning (Kew Montessori), Nicky Pitman (Kew Montessori), Giles Stapley (London United) and Aimee Kimbell (Kew Montessori)

Youngsters at Kew Montessori School enjoyed a good old sing-song when bus operator London United, part of RATP Dev London, called at the nursery on Sandycombe Road, Richmond on February 10.

As well as singing the nursery rhyme ‘the wheels of the bus’, the pupils heard lots of interesting facts and figures about life on the buses and the public transport industry from one of London United’s service delivery managers, Giles Stapley, who was assisted by a bus driver, Trevor Taylor. Children, who ranged in age from three to five, were then given the opportunity to sit in the cab of the bus. As a farewell gift from London United, each child received a pencil case.

Maurice Bulmer, operations director for RATP Dev London, said: “Today’s children are tomorrow’s passengers so we are always happy to visit schools and give talks about public transport. We heard that the children particularly enjoyed sitting in the driver’s seat so, who knows, we may even be recruiting some of them in the future!”

Aimee Kimbell, head teacher of Kew Montessori, said: “Inviting a bus company to our nursery was a fantastic idea, which all of the children who took part loved. Our sister school, Sunflower Montessori, is really keen for London United to put on a similar event there. It’s certainly going to be a permanent fixture here at Kew Montessori.”