Little Scholars Burleigh creates intergenerational program with local aged care facility
Inspired by ABC television series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds Queensland early childhood provider, Little Scholars, has launched a new program with Robina’s Odyssey Lifestyle Care Communities.
The program involves children from Little Scholars visiting the facility once a fortnight with the aim of improving the mental and social development of the children whilst alleviating the challenges of isolation and dementia amongst the Odyssey residents.
One such resident, Carmel Nicols, said the program was giving residents in the community “high spirits” with many having been long deprived of the company of children.
“We have such a special time playing board games, play doh and reading books – it really helps us connect with our childhood and keep up with the current generation,” she shared.
The intergenerational initiative is backed by research, Little Scholars Founder and Managing Director, Jae Fraser explained, outlining the “extremely positive developmental outcomes” which result.
“Having frequent interaction with people who are one or even two whole generations older than themselves, can help children become more accepting of differences – especially when it comes to disability – as well as helping them learn about the natural aging process and reduce potential fear of elderly people, ” he added.
For further information about the value of intergenerational learning programs, please see here.