Research shows that there are many benefits to young and old people spending time together, they can bring new energy, knowledge and enthusiasm to each others’ lives and joint activities can increase self-esteem and promote friendships.
These days traditional families are separated by distance, time and lack of understanding between generations, but at Oaks International Nursery we are bringing children and older adults together. The nursery, based in Cherry Hinton Hall, has held regular visits to a local Care Home and we find that the visits really help the children develop their social and emotional skills. They allow social interaction outside the nursery setting and for the children to feel part of the local community. It’s great for them to learn from a generation that have experienced life to the full.
During the visits the Care Home, residents read stories to the children, participate in games, jigsaws, craft activities and more recently flower arranging!
The Care Home Residents always look forward to the children’s visit. They said “The Children presence brings smiles and joy to our Home. Some of the residents are creating bonds with our little friends and the weekly visits have become a new positive routine in their life.”
Mrs Gibbard, Headteacher commented “The children really enjoy their visits to Cherry Hinton Care Home every Thursday. It is lovely to see friendships developing between the children and residents and it is so beneficial to see the generations interacting and working together.“
Due to Covid19, visits have been suspended, though we hope to resume these as soon as we can.