Britain’s First Care Home Nursery opening this September 2017.


Britain’s First Care Home Nursery opening this September 2017.

Britain’s First Care Home Nursery, a nursery and a home for the elderly are to be located on the same site, in a move intended to bring both generations together socially.

 

“We are the UK’s first nursery co-located within an elderly care home.

We are a brand new community nursery and social enterprise, and the second branch in the Apples and Honey nursery chain.

We are welcoming our first group of children in September 2017″.

(Image: Apples and Honey Nursery Based on the grounds of the Jewish elderly care home Nightingale House in Wandsworth)

With a number of visits to the care home already being part of life for the 2-5 year olds.  Apples and Honey Nursery located in Clapham South West London are opening its doors taking in children from its nurseries and integrating them with the older generation within a care home.

Nightingale house which is also located in Clapham South West London, caters for dementia patients, with the average age of 90 and most being centurions. The system gives the older generation a way of connecting with people they never would before and vice versa with the children learning how to be around the older generation.

(Image: Apples and Honey Nursery Based on the grounds of the Jewish elderly care home Nightingale House in Wandsworth)

 

The idea to integrate the two, came from nursery proprietor, Judith Ish-Horowicz. This particular idea is something that has been adopted from other countries such as Canada, USA, and others in Europe, the experiment will take place in September 2017, which will hopefully benefit the residents, pupils and people involved with the project.

Apples and Honey Nightingale is a Jewish faith-based early years setting but is open to families of ‘all faiths and none’.

 (Image: Apples and Honey Nursery Based on the grounds of the Jewish elderly care home Nightingale House in Wandsworth)

 

Ms Ish-Horowicz commented in “Nursery World”‘We’re based in a Jewish care home so we can celebrate different festivals with the residents as well.

Every week we will welcome the Shabbat with candles, and on Monday, the farewell ceremony, with spices and light. It brings back memories for the residents, with the same melodies and same smells’.

The residents and children will also eat snacks and meals together. ‘We will have the EYFS curriculum, but so many of those activities are inclusive.

 

“Our new intergenerational Baby and Toddler Group at Nightingale House runs every Monday during term time from 10:30 am to 12:00 pm. Run by early years teachers”.

(Apples and Honey Nursery)

 

The whole project will be evaluated by United for all ages that is a think tank that looks to promote similar projects like this one where different generations are integrated with each other.  Stephen Burke, its director stated in the times newspaper “Our society and many of our activities are age segregated. So we warmly welcome this first example of co-located care in the UK bringing older people and young children together”. 

Looking at what this sort of learning could do to the younger communities and the older communities will show as time goes by.

If the project is successful, it could better the conditions in which private care homes within the UK are being run, as many are still struggling to find the financial means to stay open.

Families that are taking part in the experimental opening have expressed their own views on how this is going to help their children as many of the families come from overseas and don’t have much contact with the older generations of their families.

Ms Ish-Horowicz stated in the times newspaper: “Quite a lot of international families who are living in the area don’t have extended families, they haven’t got grandparents. They want their children to have interactions throughout the generations”

There are many benefits for both parties that take part within the project, with the younger generation learning development and socialization will look to help them future development. The same goes for the people who are living within Nightingale care home, which looks to help them keep active and also detour them from loneliness. This would also help care homes in the future when managing their running costs and keeping their staff, rather than just working understaffed.

 

NEW Open days for prospective parents and carers

17 JULY 13.00 -15.00

4 AUGUST 10.00 -13.00 

Please email the nursery directly to let them know you are coming! applesandhoneynightingale@gmail.com

 

Editor: Thomas Matthews

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