Preschool children from Sandbrook Park Nursery and residents at nearby Half Acre House care home in Rochdale have struck up an unlikely friendship, breaking down barriers between young and old.
The children asked for song requests and one centenarian woman; aged 104 was delighted when she was taken back to her childhood with ‘Wheels on the bus.’ Aoife sang a solo of ‘Twinkle, twinkle’ to the joy of the residents.
Earlier on in the day, the children had baked some Easter bunny biscuits to share with their new friends. Both young and old talked about all the exciting things happening over Easter. The atmosphere was electric, and some of the children even had the residents up dancing with them! Lesley Ryder, one of the Care home managers, said ”All the residents enjoyed the visit. It brightened up their day. Sandbrook Park Nursery have been here before and the residents really enjoy these visits.” Katie Webster, nursery manager said, “The children and the residents had so much fun today, and we can’t wait for our next visit”.
"Staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of the children's individual needs and provide a stimulating environment where all children are excited and motivated to learn. Observations of children are consistently used to plan for children's individual next steps in learning."
Linda Shore, Ofsted Inspector
"This provision is outstanding . All practitioners have high aspirations for children's achievement. This means the nursery is exceptional in the way it meets the needs of all children, including those with special educational needs and/or disabilities, and they make very rapid progress towards the early learning goals."
Ofsted inspector Caroline Midgley
"The Staff always make my child feel happy, safe and secure. The Staff are always approachable, welcoming any queries, concerns and often encourage new ideas from parents and children. My daughter often get comments she is lovely and often models herself on the staff."
Scott, Olivia's Dad
"My son, eats food at nursery that he wouldn't / doesn't eat at home. Which is fantastic! I think the other children eating well shows him there something more to this dish than he thinks."
Laura, Austin's mum