Apples and Honey nursery will be opening on the site of Nightingale House in south west London.
In a society that is increasingly recognised as being age segregated, action is needed to encourage different generations to mix. A model United For All Ages have been promoting is where a care home shares its space (for example, spare grounds/buildings/rooms) with a nursery.
This first in the UK follows numerous examples in other countries, where the idea of shared site which aims to bring different generations closer, is much more commonplace.
The joint site for children and elderly residents opens in September. A recent open day gave families and care home residents a taste of what is to come. Young children and older residents mixed with all generations in a range of activities.
The benefits were clear to see: older people enjoying the activities and companionship, while children were learning through play. And the generations inbetween – parents of the children at the nursery and younger relatives of the care home residents – were mixing too.