First of its kind care home nursery opens

The first nursery to be run on the same site as a care home in England has opened its doors in South London.

The Apples and Honey nursery welcomed its first arrivals at Nightingale Hammerson’s Nightingale House in Clapham yesterday.

Judith Ish-Horowicz, co-founder of Apples and Honey Nightingale, told Care Home Professional: “I can’t believe it’s actually happened. I am overjoyed.”

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The innovative scheme will see children join Nightingale residents in the wide range of activities on offer at Nightingale House.

The intergenerational activities will also form part of the nursery’s early years learning curriculum.

A fifth of places at the nursery will be offered to Nightingale House’s workforce in order to encourage staff recruitment and retention.

The nursery follows the successful launch of a mother and toddler group at the home by Apples and Honey last year.

Apples and Honey run an Outstanding Ofsted rated nursery in Wimbledon.

The scheme has been backed by intergenerational group United for All Ages. To learn more about United for All Ages’ growing shared site network, visit www.unitedforallages.com

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