The Dormy House Toddler Group

Dormy House care home in Sunningdale runs a toddler group with resounding success and this morning’s session was our biggest yet.

Carla, our Activities Coordinator introduced the idea to the home as she used to take her grandson, George into another care home she worked at before Dormy House and witnessed the positive effects and change of behaviour in the residents.

Carla commented, “They instantly warmed to him and wanted to mother him. Nursery rhymes were instantly remembered by them as they sat singing songs to him and stroking his little hands. George who can be quite shy at times also took a real shine to them; rolling balls to them to catch and often made them laugh when he was learning to walk and would steal their walking frames.”

A toddler group is something that Carla had wanted to put into practice for a while and after proposing her idea to Joanne, Home Manager and Helen, Deputy Manager, who were very supportive and enthusiastic, we came up with a plan as to how we could implement a pilot group at Dormy House and invite members of the local community to join us.

After adding herself to local community groups on Facebook and raising her idea, Carla was amazed at the amazing response she received. That evening Carla’s phone was buzzing non-stop with messages from people wanting to find out more and come along and join us. The response was so overwhelming that Carla had to introduce the toddler group over two days, Monday and Thursday, due to the number of people wanting to attend and have now proved so successful, they are being held weekly. Our residents really enjoy engaging with the children and their parents.

Friends kindly donated some toys, puzzles and books to kick start off the group. Our first group took place in August and they are still going strong. For some of our residents and children, it is a real highlight of their week and we are so pleased at the positive reactions and comments we have got from everyone involved. Already we can see bonds forming and the children and their mums greet our residents with a hug and a big smile.

Research has also highlighted the benefits of children spending time with residents in care homes and we can definitely vouch for this with our residents. It’s great to see the different generations interacting and most of all having fun and enjoying spending time together. The children have made such a huge impact on our residents who often ask when they are coming back.

Carla commented: “I also feel this group helps combat loneliness and gives our residents self-worth and purpose being able to be part of this project and being involved.

“One of our residents comes to every group and reads to the children at story time. Our residents and the children enjoy sing-along time and helping with the actions to the songs – it is a real joy to watch.

“I am so glad that we launched this group and that we are working with and supported by members of our local community.”

We can see a difference in our residents and the children give them real purpose. They also help the children complete puzzles, colouring, and dress up in our fancy dress costumes we have for the children. Normally our residents would not want to do jigsaw puzzles and colour in pictures but doing it together and the interaction with the children puts a new perspective on these activities and makes them enjoyable.

We had a moment at our group a few weeks ago where one of our residents who doesn’t choose to get involved in activities and doesn’t like noise, came along to our toddler group and absolutely warmed to a young baby. The change in her was amazing to see and also really emotional to watch. She now comes to the group on a regular basis and to see her face light up is lovely.

Do come back and check our news stories for further updates on the Dormy House Toddler Group and other events and activities we hold here at our home.

At Dormy House care home in Sunningdale we offer the highest standards of residential, nursing and specialist dementia care for elderly residents.

If you would like to find out more about life at Dormy House, please contact us on 0808 223 5424 or via email to

Dormy House

Home Manager

Joanne Gullon


Ridgemount Road,

0808 223 5424
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