Intergenerational Project at Cedar Park Day Nursery
Children from Cedar Park Day Nursery in Twyford are showcasing their sense of community spirit by embarking on regular trips to visit the residents of their local care home; Bridge House.
Once a fortnight, children from the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery in Bridge Farm Road visit the residents where together they take part in activities such as reading, drawing and clay modelling.
The intergenerational project aims to increase the residents’ levels of social interaction and encourage friendships regardless of age, giving the two generations a better understanding of each other and their specific interests.
Cedar Park Day Nursery Deputy Manager, Rachael Main said;
“The children love the trips to Bridge House, and this has had an amazing response from the residents too. We really believe the pre-schoolers can learn a lot from the elderly in the community, and vice versa.”
“Studies have shown that the presence of children in care homes can improve the physical, social and mental wellbeing of the elderly, whilst the children love forming new friendships with the residents and learning all about their lives”.