We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly segregated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact. Developing connections between older people and very young children can benefit both the older people and the children.
On Monday 4th December Bright Little Stars, Watford took 19 children, aged 3-5 years, to Clements Court Retirement Home to sing Christmas songs. The event which was held in the festive Communal Room, decorated with twinkling lights, was a real treat for the residents. Following the children’s singing, the Social Committee from Clements Court had organised afternoon tea for everyone to enjoy together.
The children made the residents afternoon; the residents reminisced with photographs of their childhood and shared their memories with the children. The afternoon ended with both generations joining in a sing-song together.
Nicola Freeman, BLS Nursery Manager said: “It was such a humbling experience and even a few tears were shed. This outing will be the first of many to the retirement home and we are looking forward to our next visit.”