Extra Care Residents go Back to School
Every Friday afternoon, residents of Watling Court board the minibus to make the short journey to see their new friends, the children in the reception classes at the school.
After being greeted excitedly by their new friends, the residents joined the children for an afternoon of activities including colouring, building and reading. Discussing the upcoming Easter holidays, the children asked their new friends about their home at Watling Court, their lives and what they like to do. One resident, Jerry, even helped some of the children learn how to hold their pens correctly. Before the residents headed home, they sang some songs together.
Discussing the project, Mrs Ashdown, Oak Class Teacher, said: “This morning the children were so excited because they knew it was Friday and their friends were coming. It’s lovely to watch the relationships develop; we have been encouraging the children to ask questions and are noticing a different side to them. They are making sure the floor is clear, so no one trips and really looking out for their older friends.”
Helen Goulding, Housing Officer at Watling Court added: “We are delighted to be building relationships with the children here at Cedar Children’s Academy. The residents absolutely love spending time with the children, who are always so polite and welcoming. We are all looking forward to watching the relationships develop and welcoming the children to Watling Court soon.”
A recent study, as part of Channel 4’s Care Home for 4 Year Olds, found that intergenerational learning is hugely beneficial for both parties, helping to boost reading and communication skills for the children and improving health and wellbeing for older people.