RECORDING | WS-B-4 - Ageless Play: Interaction Strategies are Key to Intergenerational Program Sustainability
Intergenerational playgroups provide multiple opportunities for building relationships between elders, children and their families and the workforce in residential care facilities. Families can develop relationships with older people, some of whom may have already raised families. Intergenerational playgroups can reduce isolation for people living in residential aged care and parents who are at home caring for young children. In 2017 Playgroup Queensland, and Catholic Health Care successfully partnered to pilot an intergenerational playgroup, located within an inner-city aged-care residential facility that has continued beyond the pilot period. The Playgroup Queensland team engaged with Griffith University to examine the sustainability of the program. A notable finding was the importance of interaction strategies between all the various members of the playgroup. In this presentation we will share our knowledge and experience gained through our research of the interactions that support intergenerational communities.
Penny is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher and has worked in the Long Day Care and Kindergarten settings as well as with Playgroups across Queensland (Australia). As the Community Programs Manager with Playgroup Queensland Penny piloted the Intergenerational Playgroup program in 2017.
Dr Jennifer Cartmel is a senior lecturer in Child, Youth and Family Practice. She has been involved in a wide range of research projects within the children's services, most recently about intergenerational programs and children's social and emotional learning. Jennifer has a specific research interest in about the school age care sector. She is a member of the World Education Research Association International Research Network for Extended Education