Intergenerational care is the practice of bringing the young and elderly together by introducing nurseries and care homes to one another.
At St. George’s Nursery School, in pre-Covid times, we organised regular visits from residents of different care homes so that they could come and spend time with us at nursery.
Our aim is to help our children learn about ageing, gain respect for the elderly and develop empathy, social and emotional development and mutual respect. It also helps them to improve their language development and give them confidence to meet and talk to new people.
The residents from care homes have also benefited from our regular interactions such as receiving great entertainment from children reduced feelings of loneliness.
It is important for children to build up a sense of community from a young age and to begin to understand the values of how to help others.
We can’t wait for our next visit when it is safe to do so again!
However in the meantime, we have been sending letters and artwork to our friends at the care homes to let them know we are thinking of them. Below you can see some pictures of the poppy artwork and Christmas cards we sent recently. In December we also visited them in their garden to sing some Christmas carols with them. It was absolutely lovely!! Both children and care home residents thoroughly enjoyed and all joined in to sing-a-long!