Appleby Court residents meet for 'cuddle hour' with Little Jigsaw's Children's Day Nursery

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Monday, 25th March 2019, 9:22 am
Updated Monday, 25th March 2019, 10:33 am
Children meet Appleby Court residents for an intergenerational cuddle hour.

Appleby Court residents had a special visit from Little Jigsaw's Children's Day Nursery to build bonds with the older generation and tackle isolation. The cuddle hour proved successful as one resident said: "The most important thing in life is to be loved and children have such a pure and positive love. To find a child’s hand in yours is one of the most moving things that can happen to you." See last week's Class Act: Children at Hope Early Years Centre get creative with pancakes and paint

Children and residents enjoy each other's cuddles and company.
Jess Lyon, the nursery manager, said: "As we are facing an epidemic of loneliness in old age, the nursery children regularly visit the local care homes, engaging in the wider community."

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It is a Hygge, pronounced Hoogah, nursery and derives from the Danish art of creating joy in the small everyday moments.
Children played with toys and instruments.
Residents and children enjoy each other's cuddles and company.
Nursery manager Jess Lyon said: "The impact of the cuddle hour between the babies at nursery and the elders from the care home is such a positive experience for all involved with everyone."
Jess Lyon, nursery manager, said: "The nursery allows children to explore the language of feelings and responsibility"
The nursery manager said: "Studies show that social interaction not only decreases loneliness but can also delay mental decline, reduce the risk of disease and lower blood pressure."
Children got the chance to play and meet the care home residents.
This little girl enjoys playing with her doll as she cuddles one resident.
It was smiles all round at the event.
Children and residents enjoy each others company.
The nursery manager said everyone was left with a smile on their face after the event.
Children and residents enjoy each other's company.
Little Jigsaws Childrens Nursery wants to create warm, comforting and cosy experiences for children.
It was a fun experience for all the people involved.
Little ones had the opportunity of building unlikely friendships.
Children and residents enjoy each other's company.
The 'intergenerational cuddle hour' gives nursery children a chance to build bonds with the older generation.
Nursery manager Jess Lyon said: "Little Jigsaws Nursery really is at the heart of childcare."