Rita and Arthur get to know each other on OLD PEOPLE'S HOME FOR 4 YEAR OLDS season two. (image - Nigel Wright/ABC)

Welcome the new ‘classmates’ of Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, season 2 on ABC TV and iview.

The Emmy & AACTA award-winning Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds is back for a second season. Narrated by Annabel Crabb, this ground-breaking intergenerational experiment screens from Tuesday 6 April at 8.30pm on ABC TV and iview.

In the first season, Australia fell in love with the 11 residents of a retirement village and the 10 preschoolers who were brought together for daily activities. The aim, to see if uniting young and old could improve the health and happiness of older adults. This season we’ve flipped the tables, when a new group of older Australians join a bunch of lively 4-year-olds, in a purpose-built pre-school, for fun, games, learning and friendship.

Unlike last season, our new group of seniors all live in their own homes, but we find that loneliness and isolation don’t just effect those living in aged care. Like the 1.6 million Australians over the age of 65, who live alone at home, our participants find themselves at the crossroads of wanting to live in their own homes but needing help to remain healthy and happy enough to stay there.

With the care of older Australians more important than ever, could this simple idea help older people live a more fulfilling life?

The goal for Old People’s Home For 4 Year Olds, season 2, is to switch the experiment in the name of early intervention, by taking aging adults into the kids’ domain, to reconnect them to their community to help them maintain their independence. With more opportunities for home visits, excursions and community building, this radical early intervention idea will build on the success of the original series.

Will our experiment find a way to keep the elderly living in their own homes independently while finding a greater connection to their local communities in the process? And can we relieve the stress on Australia’s aged care system by getting in early? Only time will tell.

OLD PEOPLE’S HOME FOR 4 YEAR OLDS season two – Tuesday 6 April at 8.30pm on ABC TV and iview.


Stream Old People’s Home for 4 Year Olds, Season 1 now on ABC iview


  1. I have just finished watching the second season of this program and it is absolutely amazing to witness the positive changes in physical health and psychosocial wellbeing as a result of this intergenerational intervention. It is a credit to all who took part, and those involved in the planning, development, production and evaluation of this program. I believe it provides an important contribution to the evidence base surrounding the impact of intergenerational programs on both children and elderly alike and supports the wide-scale implementation of such programs across Australia. I cannot wait to see the next season!


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