Our Nursery children have built a special bond with local care home residents through the joy of storytelling and dance whilst visiting the residents at Signature at Banstead care home to participate in a music and movement session, organised by Julie Latham at Boogie Beat Music and Movement, who are based in Banstead and East Surrey. 

These events have only recently been resumed, with their last collaboration being in March 2020 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions. 

“Boogie Beat” aims to build a relationship between two distinct generations and promote social and communication skills for children and residents alike, in addition to improving mood, memory, and mobility for the older generation who take part. 

During the session, traditional fairy stories such as the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, and Gingerbread Man are brought to life through the power of dance. Props like finger puppets, musical instruments, floaty scarves, and a parachute are used to promote the involvement of all ages. 

These sessions serve as a wonderful opportunity for the children and residents to build relationships through music and dance, to share experiences and create lasting memories. 

Hayley Compton, Head of Early Years said,We are delighted to resume our intergenerational sessions with Signature care home. Our nursery children love visiting the residents and sharing their enthusiasm for music and dance. They also learn valuable social and communication skills as they bond with the older generation.” 

She added: “Boogie Beat is a wonderful way to engage both young and old in a creative and fun activity that stimulates their imagination and boosts their well-being. We use a variety of familliar props and nursery rhymes.” 

On their first visit back after restrictions were lifted, the residents at Signature at Banstead were thrilled to see the children again. 

Tamara Juckes, Activities Coordinator, at Signature at Banstead, said: ”It was so lovely to have the children here today. They brightened up our day with their smiles and energy. The residents had a lot of fun dancing with them.”