Neale Court Care Home in North Hykeham have been enjoying visits from local pre-school children from Park School Day Nursery. The children from the nursery have been making regular visits to the North Hykeham care home and getting to know the elderly residents and making new friends.
Children from the Park School Day Nursery share various activities with the residents, who look forward to the visits and are always pleased to see the children. “It’s great to see the residents faces light up when the children come into the lounge” said Home Manager Becky Hunt “they get so much out of the visits and continue to talk about it after the children have left”.
“The children are getting to know us now, they come in and sit down nicely for their drink and snack before starting to get involved with the activities we’ve got ready for them.” Well-being and Activities Coordinator Lyndsey Houltby explained “we’re hoping to go in the garden next time and get the children involved in our Country Court Care in Bloom gardening competition.”
The children have enjoyed colouring and craft activities, reading stories and doing jigsaws with the residents. Developing connections between older people and very young children can be of benefit to both groups. Parents appreciate this extra aspect of social life the children experience from visiting the care home. Not all of the children have grandparents or the opportunity to spend time with very elderly people so this is a good experience for them. Some of the residents don’t have local family or friends who can visit often so visits from the children can help combat loneliness and isolation.
“Pre-school staff have said how lovely it is to see friendships starting to build up and that certain children have begun to go to residents they remember from previous visits.” said nursery owner Maureen Gammon.
Park School was established in 1966 as a Pre-School in All Saints Church Hall. Now situated on School Lane, in the old village area of North Hykeham, it offers full day care. Maureen Gammon, the nursery owner, has been dedicated to providing high quality child care and education for young children and babies ever since.