A group of 3- and 4-year-olds from the City College Norwich Nursery dropped in on nearby Laurel Lodge Care Home shortly before Easter, treating the residents with Easter-themed cards, crafts and songs.
The visit continues the successful link between the care home, which is part of the Black Swan Care Group, and the college nursery. Staff from both settings say that the interactions between the pre-school children and elderly residents brings benefits for both.
On this occasion, the children made Easter cards and then handed them out to the residents, together with decorated paper flowers they had made in advance.
The children also sang to the residents, who joined in with Easter-related action songs such as ‘Chick, chick, chick, chick, chicken’ and ‘Hot cross buns’.
This visit was a big success, bringing plenty of smiles to the faces of the residents and children alike.
Lesley Barber, Nursery Manager, City College Norwich Nursery, commented:
“We feel the experience enhances the children’s early learning and social development while boosting their confidence. Some of the children may not have grandparents living nearby so it is lovely for them to have this contact, as well as benefiting the residents who enjoy seeing the children and hearing their laughter. It is wonderful to see the generations enjoying each other’s company and we hope to continue our visits for many years to come.”