Posted October 2018

Residents at Greenwood Aged Care in Normanhurst have been sharing inspiration in their recent visits to KU Fox Valley Preschool in Wahroonga.

The preschool and aged care facility run an ‘intergenerational visiting program’ where the children from KU Fox Valley and the residents from Greenwood regularly spend quality time together.

“During the visits, the children and residents come together to share in play-based learning experiences with one another including reading picture books, playing games, completing puzzles, making music and having morning tea together,” said KU Fox Valley Director, Carol Nagel.

The relationship between the preschool and the aged care facility started over three years ago, with the children first visiting the residents at Greenwood in 2015.

Since then, the children and residents have taken turns visiting each other, with the program being supported through the Ku-Ring-Gai Council’s grant program.

“Over the years we have refined what we do during our visits, valuing a simpler visiting program focused on shared relationships and hands-on experiences, where knowledge, skills, wisdom and joy are celebrated and shared,” said Carol.

“Each time we have visits, the experience is even more rewarding. It is such a pleasure to see genuine connections building and absolute respect and kindness exchanged between the children and residents,” said Carol.