Here at Alban Pre-School we are very passionate about giving back to the community. We started a project back in 2017, where we would take a small group of children next door to the Open Door Centre. Once there, the children would interact with an eldery group of people form the Chipping Barnet Day Centre, by playing games, taking part in exercise sessions and the most precious times singing nursery rhymes.
Since then, this has grown into a wonderful project for all, we now attend a group visit every second Monday in the term time only. A fantastic display of artwork by our children and their elderly partners is on display in the Open Door Centre. Planning sessions are attended by mangers and leaders of the organisations to further develop and enhance the experience to both the children and eldery.
Children involved in intergenerational projects have better reading and communications skills, are more school ready, and demonstrate more empathy.
The sessions Improve the emotional wellbeing of children, the children go home and talk about the wonderful times they have had in these session and cant't wait for the next session. This term we have increased the sessions to include lunch, thus making more time to interact with each other.