Have you been watching Old People’s Home for Four Year Olds??
Well we have our very own right here in Wallsend which was recently featured in the Newcastle Herald
The intergenerational playgroup in SummitCare’s Wallsend aged care centre is putting smiles on the faces of all involved.
The Bent Street centre in Newcastle recently established Wallsend Youngsters on the Summit with the assistance of Playgroup NSW, the peak body representing playgroups across the state that seeks to support families and strengthen local communities through playgroups.
The aim of the Newcastle playgroup is to foster a connection between generations. Held weekly, parents and carers of children aged up to 6 are welcome to drop in to the Wallsend centre on Mondays from 9.45am until 11.45am to meet with a select group of residents and share activities.
Playgroup activities include music, singing, art activities and stories. The initiative comes in response to strong anecdotal evidence that people of different age groups have much to gain from intergenerational connections. Karen van Woudenberg, Playgroup NSW Deputy CEO, said intergenerational playgroups brought together seniors, children and their parents.