Press release from Tops Day Nurseries, Winchester.

Children at Tops Day Nurseries in Winchester have reached out to residents at St Catherine’s View Care home this Autumn.

Many studies have concluded that social interaction between children and elderly cannot only decrease loneliness in the older generation, but can also delay mental decline as well as promote a number of health benefits including reducing frailty.

There are also a number of benefits to children including increased confidence, risk-taking and the opportunity to mix regularly with elderly people, which some children may not have the chance to do on a regular basis.

Simon Evans, Senior Nursery Manager of Tops Winchester, which is based at Royal Hampshire County Hospital said “Before lockdown, children across the nursery were due to go and visit the residents at St Catherine’s View Care Home in Winchester, however, due to current restrictions this has been unable to happen. We used to visit the residents on a regular basis and it is an activity the children have really missed.

To let the residents know we are still thinking of them and looking forward to visiting as soon as we can, the children have created pictures for the residents which will be delivered with another special surprise, a Scarecrow!”

Simon continued “risk assessments were in place to minimise risk of infection and everything was steamed before being handed over, but we really just wanted to share the message to stay safe, stay happy and that we couldn’t wait to come back and play soon!”

Tops Winchester introduced a ‘Joining Generations’ programme back in 2018, which meant all children attending the setting have the opportunity to visit St Catherine’s View Care Home to interact with the residents there, but it is not just the children that miss these visits. The residents were delighted to receive the pictures from Tops Winchester and have added the scarecrow to their Autumnal display.

About Tops Day Nurseries Winchester

Our Winchester nursery and preschool is based on-site at the Royal Hampshire County Hospital. Tops Day Nursery Winchester is an official Gender_Action Supporter. Our Nursery is committed to promoting gender equity and making sure no child’s choice is limited by gendered stereotypes. Teaching the next generation about sustainability is a passion shared across the Tops family, we are delighted to be working with Plastic Free Winchester and Surfers Against Sewage to become a plastic free business champion. Tops Winchester has remained open throughout the pandemic.

About Tops Day Nurseries

Tops Day Nurseries is one of the UK’s most eco-sustainable childcare providers, with 29 nurseries across the South Coast spanning Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset, Wiltshire and Devon. With flexible bookings available, parents can book childcare to the nearest 15 minutes between the extended opening hours of 6am-8pm*. Tops Day Nurseries care for children aged from 3 months – school age plus over half of the settings offer a Hi5’s Club for primary school children. Throughout the Coronavirus Pandemic, Tops has remained open to provide top quality childcare. Click here to find out more.


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