Links in the Community
At Toybox we are keen to ensure that all the children are involved in the local and wider community by regularly visiting local business, shops and the local areas around the nursery.
After discussions with staff, children and parents we decided to develop this further and plan visits to the local sheltered housing wellbeck.
Research has shown that both the children and older residents can benefit from this kind of interaction, the children benefit by gaining knowledge about the older generation and learning about different people who make up our community.
To ensure the visits are beneficial we do these in four week blocks to allow the children and older residents to build relationships and reflect on their learning each week.
For the four week block the staff plan with the children different activities, these activities are focusing on developing both the children and older residents skills such as:
The children are really keen to take part in this opportunity and are also excited to share their experiences with their peers and family.