A video of an Abbots Langley four-year-old seeing her nanny for the first time after lockdown restrictions changed has resonated with thousands of people across Three Counties.
Ivy Durrant finally got to see her Nanny, Debbie Cox, from Berkhamsted, on June 14 after three months of lockdown. Ivy’s mum Ellie recorded the reunion and it was soon shared on BBC Three Counties’ Facebook page, where it got around 5,000 views.
Ellie said: “The day after the restrictions changed we drove straight to my mum. Ivy was so genuinely excited, the emotions were so pure. The look on their faces when they hugged really says it all, and I think that resonated with a lot of people.”
During lockdown, Ivy had only seen her nanny from the car window when she went with her mum to drop goods off, or on FaceTime, where her Nanny would regularly read her bedtime stories.
The lack of contact was made even harder for Debbie because she works at PlayPlus Nursery in Bourne End and was seeing other children when she couldn’t yet see Ivy.
“She found that really difficult because she was going into work every day and seeing all these lovely kids, and she was feeding them and changing them, yet she couldn’t be with her own granddaughter.”
Ivy and her nanny can’t get enough of each other now that they’ve been united – Debbie has stayed over a number of times since mid-June.
To see the pair’s first meeting post-lockdown, go to BBC Three Counties’ Facebook page, where the video was posted on June 23.
Ivy from Abbots Langley hasn't seen her nanny since the start of lockdown. Finally she gets to have a cuddle 💕