Dellacourt residents enjoy morning tea with children from Goodstart Early Centre

It was a morning of conversation, colouring-in and plenty of pancakes.

Young hands and old hearts intertwined when residents of Dellacourt Lutheran Aged Care shared morning tea with children from Goodstart Early Learning centre yesterday.

Dellacourt’s lifestyle team leader Aiden Kilroy said the children’s monthly visits brightened the day of staff and residents and provided a wonderful break from routine.

“Last time (the children visited), residents asked us to turn off the radio so they could talk about their day uninterrupted,” he said.

The benefits go both ways, according to Goodstart Albury teacher Shannon Ritchie.

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Alexander Stephens, 5, from Goodstart Early Learning Albury, finds a willing audience in Daphne Ellison, 82, during a visit to Dellacourt Lutheran Aged Care in West Albury. Pictures: Elenor Tedenborg

GETTING TO KNOW YOU: Alexander Stephens, 5, from Goodstart Early Learning Albury, finds a willing audience in Daphne Ellison, 82, during a visit to Dellacourt Lutheran Aged Care in West Albury. Pictures: Elenor Tedenborg

COLOUR ME HAPPY: Luca Ismodes, 5, happily pencils in some drawing time with Dellacourt resident Cherele Rasmussen, 68, and fellow classmate Kevin Le, 4.

COLOUR ME HAPPY: Luca Ismodes, 5, happily pencils in some drawing time with Dellacourt resident Cherele Rasmussen, 68, and fellow classmate Kevin Le, 4.

“It’s fantastic to see the joy in people’s faces and how their eyes light up with the children,” Mrs Ritchie said.

“But it’s also great for our kids as it opens their eyes to the world around them.”

Goodstart Albury Pemberton Street recently received a national award for building community connections.

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