Alliance comments as new report calls for more inter-generational mixing

Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, said:

“This timely report shows that intergenerational learning has become mainstream. From the outside these sort of initiatives can look like a passing trend – but the reality is the impact on all participants is quite profound. It’s absolutely right to call on government, educators and providers to recognise the opportunities and do what they can to ensure more of these projects and partnerships happen. 

"So far, the majority of the discussion around intergenerational projects has focussed on what it means for the older people involved and that has meant the impact on the child participants is sometimes overlooked. Interacting with older people provides children with unique learning opportunities; that could mean the chance to take on the responsibility of ‘looking after’ an older person or to learn from someone who has experienced and overcome challenges. And, crucially, perhaps because it’s not being imparted as a ‘lesson’, it grounds children’s learning in the real world and gives them the confidence to share what they know too. We should always be looking for opportunities to learn through play, experience and sharing stories should be prized however it comes about - but there’s something particularly worth cherishing when it involves to two generations at different stages of life.”




  • The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest and most representative early years membership organisation in England. A registered educational charity, it also provides high-quality affordable childcare and education to support children and families in areas of deprivation throughout the country.
  • The Alliance represents 14,000 member settings and supports them to deliver care and learning to more than 800,000 families every year. We deliver family learning projects, offer information and advice, produce specialist publications, run acclaimed training programmes and campaign to influence early years policy and practice.
  • The Alliance website is

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