Monday afternoons at 2 o’clock are proving to be a special time for the 3 and 4-year old children at First Nursery in Peebles. Their routine for the last few months has been to don their hats and coats, and head across with their teachers in a crocodile formation to visit Dovecot Court, our Extra Care facility.
Allison Moffat, Deputy Manager, from First Nursery said,
“This time is proving very valuable for both the elderly tenants and the children as they are getting to spend quality time together; singing songs and nursery rhymes which appeals to both ends of the age spectrum. At these visits, it is evident that both age groups are really enjoying each other’s company. Meeting new people and having a variety of social interactions is great for helping to build up the children’s confidence, improve their social skills and help them to adapt to new environments.”
Our Care Services Manager Agnes Bell said: “Studies have shown real value in inter-generational projects like this. The sessions are very popular with tenants, the smiles and happiness created clearly demonstrating the value for all involved. Thanks to First Nursery and SB Cares staff for facilitating these visits.”
This new practice is proving a great success for both First Nursery and our tenants at Dovecot Court, and will hopefully continue into the new year.