Grantham pre-school enjoy visit to housing complex for the over 55's
Pre-schoolers at a Grantham school spent the morning with residents at an extra care housing complex last week.
The three and four-year-olds from Grantham Preparatory School, Gorse Lane, regularly visit the residents at Brick Kiln Place, Springfield Road, which assists people over 55 with care and support to live independently, to take part in different activities to prove the benefits of bringing old and young people together.
Pre-school lead Jane Whinney, came up with the idea, after hearing about a similar initiative on the radio.
She said: “I first heard about it from Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, who was speaking on the radio about the benefit of mixing generations together.”
After gaining support from the school’s headteacher, parents and the housing complex staff, the youngsters began visiting the residents to read with them, colour, chat and play games.
They end each visit with a nursery rhyme session, featuring all the classics, including ‘The Farmer in the Dell.’
Jane has been thrilled with how much the children have embraced each visit.
She said: “It is wonderful to see them chat away to all the different residents with such confidence. They are at such a nurturing stage of their development and the visits have taught them that there is more in life than their own little world.
“They are always so excitable and buoyant after visiting and love chatting away to each other about who they spoke to and what they each got up to. “
The response from both the youngsters and the residents has been so positive that the pre-school has decided to continue the visits when the new intake of pre-school children arrive in September.
Jane added: “The parents have all been very supportive. They think that it is
brilliant and a lovely idea.”
Support team leader at Brick Kiln Place, Tracey Warren said: "We enjoy having the children at Brick kiln Place and look forward to their every visit. We would welcome any interaction with local nurseries, pre-schools and schools."