Intergenerational Program – 4 Year Old Program

In 2019 Rangeview Pre-School introduced an exciting new Intergenerational Program as part of its 4 Year Old Program.

The Intergenerational Program brings seniors and children together to form fun and meaningful relationships. We live in a society where care of young and old is increasingly separated, with very limited opportunity for the two age groups to interact.

The Intergenerational Program promotes the transmission of cultural traditions and values from older to younger generations, helping to build a sense of personal and societal identity while encouraging tolerance.

The program is in partnership with Regis by the Lake Blackburn where the children attend regular sessions each term. It provides opportunities for different generations to share experiences, knowledge and skills that will be mutually beneficial for the children and residents at Regis.

The children and residents spend time together participating in play based experiences as well as music and movement. Our intention is to foster positive relationships built on trust, kindness and compassion and build connections and relationships within our community.

Research has proven that these interactions can have fantastic benefits for each generation, with children having a better sense of who they are and where they’ve come from and older participants showing an increase in positivity in their lives, as well as improvements in health.

Both groups have so much to teach and learn from each other that the result of each session is always a delight.

The Intergenerational Program maintains the Early Years Learning and Development Framework (EYLDF) to support the principles, practices and outcomes that guide the 4 Year Old Program.

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw