Children’s nursery opens on care home campus
South London nursery Apples and Honey Nightingale has opened its doors to its first intake of children on-site at Nightingale House care home in South London.
The project integrates both older residents and children into the delivery of the nursery curriculum. Meaningful intergenerational activity is at the heart of the nursery, with daily activities planned between elderly care residents and nursery children.
The first week’s programme included making soup harvested from the vegetables planted by residents and children at the nursery launch, painting alphabet tiles together, designed by 89 year old resident Walter Goldstein.
Every week now, residents will visit the nursery and children will interact with the care home, making maximum use of the whole campus. Diverse activities will be led both by nursery and Nightingale Hammerson staff, all of which are designed to deliver an early years curriculum based on the Early Years Foundation Stage. The project is run with a Jewish ethos, but is open to children of all faiths, cultures and backgrounds.
The Ofsted-registered nursery is being run as a social enterprise and will cater for 30 children, with 20% of places being allocated to Nightingale Hammerson staff, with an emphasis on the most specialist care-related posts. It is the second branch in the Apples and Honey nursery chain.
The original nursery, Apples and Honey Wimbledon, which maintains an Ofsted rating of ‘Outstanding’ launched the start of the relationship between the nursery and Nightingale Hammerson 26 years ago.
Opening a dedicated Apples and Honey nursery within the grounds of Nightingale House marks a new stage in the collaboration between these two organisations, and creates an innovative model in co-located care for the UK.