IT is an incredible loss for children that do not spend time with the elderly according to Aussie Kidz Childcare and Education Services coordinator Nalini Kethavarapu.
Since integrating intergenerational play into its curriculum, the childcare centre has invited residents from Faulkner Park Retirement village and Belmont nursing home to visit the site and participate in activities including singing, reading and craft making.
Ms Kethavarapu said there was ample research that showed the benefit of intergenerational play to both children and the elderly.
“Gone are the days when families lived together and benefited from the support and care of the elderly , which is an incredible loss for the children of this generation and communities as a whole,” she said.
“Playing with young children has psychological benefits, reduces stress and promotes relaxation while interacting with ones elders enhances children’s understanding of empathy, diversity and respect.”