On September 9th this year, inter-generational friendships were formed between the children at Kardinia Childcare & Kindergarten and residents of Percy Baxter Lodge that is located at the McKellar Centre. The aim of this program is to bring together the older generation with younger ones.
Early childhood educator Courtney tells us more about their first visit. “We have witnessed the benefits through our Hug-a-bub program that brings one of our staff’s mothers into our classroom every Wednesday! It has brought her confidence and happiness as the children welcome her each week. She has learnt from the children and is surprised each week with their capabilities. In turn she brings her values and love for children.
“We wanted to be able to share this with more members of our community and this is why we have asked Percy Baxter lodge to be a part of it.
“Our first experience was wonderful. Some children were a little shy and decided it was best to play with all the toys we brought to share with the residents and the residents were giving feedback such as.
‘This is just wonderful.’
‘This is so special I haven’t got any children, so for me this is wonderful.’
“Some residents shared stories with us about their own children and grandchildren, so for them seeing the children brought so many wonderful memories.
“Since then, we have visited again and have seen such change in the children. They were comfortable in this new space, some were going up to the residents and sharing cuddles and smiles. Children showed off their dance moves, as we sang songs with the residents, such as 5 Little Ducks and 3 Cheeky Monkeys. Everyone joined in and did actions for Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. We’re going to bring puppets to share with everyone.
“We are so excited to be part of this program, to see where it leads and to watch the relationships and bonds grow between the children and residents at Percy Baxter lodge.”