Little Marchants fosters friendships
Little Marchants Child Care Centre has arrived in a very special and unique environment – an aged care community. Little Marchants, so named after the historic Marchant cottages in which it is housed, is a boutique style childcare service that looks after just 20 children per day.
"There is a huge range of potential in this community," says Childcare Manager Dianne Holman. "We are in the process of developing a variety of programs that will provide opportunities for [aged care] residents and children to interact and develop relationships."
Little Marchants will introduce a range of programs that will soon become regular features to sustain the relationships built between residents and children.
Little Marchants Director Danielle Shearer says, "older people enjoy the merriment and warmth that children can bring into their day – it could be especially beneficial for those who maybe have grandchildren far away or don’t have children in their lives at all. This affords them the chance to engage with kids via storytelling, music, drama, or just simply playing – there’s no price on the joy that brings."