How the elderly can help the young – and help themselves.

Wow - what an incredible time some of our Pre-School children had this month when we visited Baycroft Care Home in Great Baddow and took part in a Jo Jingles Session with the residents. It was a pleasure to see the children so well behaved (as always) and to watch their confidence grow as they shared instruments with the residents, participated in action songs/dances and just enjoyed being in the company of these wonderful people. One lady was 96 years old - an age difference of 92 years!!! The joy it brought to both the children and residents was priceless. Thank you Stella (Jo Jingles) for organising such a fantastic event and to Baycroft for allowing us to visit you. We will be continuing this partnership by arranging more visits in the future!

Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly has been proven to boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people. Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills. In addition, by playing and reading with children, the elderly are less likely to suffer loneliness, while the children get more opportunities for one-to-one reading and play time. For more information regarding intergenerational play, please click the link



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