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?