Children from the Smiley Tots preschool spent a morning entertaining residents at the Feros Care Wommin Bay aged-care village for Grandparents Day.
Ten children between 4 and 5 spent last Thursday morning singing songs to the residents, followed by making artwork out of Play-Doh, pipe-cleaners and plastic sticks with the older people. The children also presented a number of paintings they created at their preschool and explained what their pictures were about to the residents.
Lisa Burnie, positive living co-ordinator from Wommin Bay, said the residents had a terrific day with the children. “The children weren’t shy and chatted away, some even climbed straight onto their laps. It was beautiful to see,” Burnie said in a statement. “The children didn’t judge or care, they just wanted to spend time with people who are just like their own loving grandparents.”
Wommin Bay resident Shirley Lane said, “the little children were beautiful. We were so lucky to have them here.”
Brooke Bechaz, director of Smiley Tots, said, “We had the most amazing morning. All the children loved it and can’t wait to go again. We have to have a competition amongst the teachers about who gets to go next time as well – we are all so keen.
“You could just see the joy in the residents’ faces and their eyes would light up,” she said. “It was a positive experience for all involved.”Do you have an idea for a story?
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