Quite why?

Twinning nurseries with care homes for the elderly would boost children’s literacy skills, according to a thinktank that is calling for every childcare provider and school to build links with older people.

Children who regularly mix with older people see improvements to their language development, reading and social skills, something that is most easily achieved at “intergenerational care” centres highlighted in the Channel 4 series Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, says a report by United for All Ages.

Well, yes, but quite why it has to be the State that takes care of this is uncertain.

Why not just send the kids around to granny for the occasional afternoon? After all, isn’t this simply an agreement that the human family has some value to it?

17 thoughts on “Quite why?”

  1. If you live in a town that has located an old-folks home and primary school in close proximity to each other, then you’ll be aware from the protests that the last thing the oldies want is a bunch of screaming brats running around disturbing their peace (ditto their local pub).

  2. Because I desperately want Theresa May to decide who my child hangs out with. Why does so little of the population at large recognised fascism thrust in its face?

  3. You’d need CRB checks for all the old folk too.

    The state doesn’t have to *do* it, but it can certainly take a look at what’s preventing it from happening already, and then remove some of the barriers to nursery/retirement home cooperation.

  4. I thought it was frowned upon these days to teach kids to read before they entered the state’s indoctrination centres.

    They might learn the ‘wrong’ way to do things, let alone the fact that they might be exposed to all sorts of nasty ideas.

  5. ’After all, isn’t this simply an agreement that the human family has some value to it?’

    But Tim, if they have to admit they were wrong on this (this being the deliberate destruction of the old family structure) then they might have to admit they were wrong on other things, too…

  6. My wife’s grandparents are in care, the place has hand sanitiser pumps at the entrance to every building and recently went into lockdown (essential visitors only) due to a wave of gastro. Very serious when you’re old and frail.

    My sister works in childcare and has some horror stories about how sick you get in the first few years from being exposed to every germ under the sun, also some stories you don’t want to hear about cleaning up accidents.

    Mixing the two sounds like a really good idea. As long as the idea is to clear out the old people’s homes to make way for an aging population.

  7. In my, limited, experience kids are spending lots of time with granny, with or without granddad, as she has become the surrogate parent much of the time. Granny though isn’t the granny of Enid Blyton. Many of the present grannies of nursery school-age kids are children of the 1970s after all.

    Surely the older participants in “intergenerational care” centres are the age of GREAT-grandparents or GREAT GREAT-grandparents. They are often the children of the 1930s with parents who were grew up pre-First World War, a very different matter.

  8. I don’t know about care homes, but many primary schools already visit sheltered housing schemes for the elderly once or twice a year. Around here, the visits work well. Carols at Christmas, garden party in the summer. And no need for DBS checks for the elderly as long as teachers and housing staff are present. And no state involvement – just communities doing voluntarily what healthy communities do.

  9. You’d need CRB checks for all the old folk too.

    Good point. Nothing says ‘Community’ like the State demanding you mix with other people’s kids while suspecting you of being a paedo.

  10. Oh, and the same State that wants to make it even easier than it is now for Mummy to boot Daddy out of the house so Mummy can share it with that piece of stuff she fancies.

    Let’s start protecting the actual family before we start corralling kids and old people into mutually unwelcome company.

  11. JS: my mother’s husband’s diabetes flared up and he ended up in a care home. The staff kept talking to him about life in WW2. He was born in 1944! Most of the other inmates were 20-odd years older than him. He was so frustrated with what his failing body had condemned him to, particularly as it had isolated him from all his research and literature, I think it helped finish him off.

  12. Will the old codgers be vetted so that only those holding state-approved views are allowed to interact with the kiddies?

  13. @ Andrew M January 6, 2019 at 11:52 am

    “You’d need CRB checks for all the old folk too.”

    And for the children, because ‘vulnerable’ oldies …

    When it comes to government, we are all ‘vulnerable’, so who is going to check on them?


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