Janette Schenk, the Nursery Manager at Bright Horizons nursery in Timperley, offers tips to other childcare practitioners, who are looking to create close links with their local care home.
Our staff with children have been regularly visiting the Allingham House care home in Timperley in the last couple of years. We share stories, games or sing songs. The visits are thoroughly enjoyed by everybody and have such a positive impact on the children’s confidence. They can learn how to relate and embrace others whilst building a positive attitude towards the elderly.
If you are not sure how to approach your local residential home, try explaining that you would like to develop intergenerational relationships in the community through visits to them and explain all the benefits for them. We usually take over around 8 children on each visit and rotate this, so all our preschool children have a chance to visit. We also have quarterly meetings with their management and plan in our next visits, risk assess and share ideas together.
My tops activities are:
- Music therapy sessions
- Doll therapy
- Activities (drawing, playdough, games)
- Group games (Parachute games)
- Local university filmed a production (Bear hunt)
- External visits (falconry display, Zoo Lab)
- Pets (Allingham house have a pet rabbit that they can all handle)
- Cinema room – Educational stories (Bear hunt)
- Mother’s Day & Father’s Day surprise visits with cards and gifts
- Christmas & Easter singing events with bonnets or fancy dress costumes