The importance of nursery rhymes for the under 7’s
Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and education. As well as being fun they are excellent teaching tools:
*Language and communication, songs and rhymes are language learners.
*Singing nursery rhymes can help children to develop emergent literacy skills.
*They provide a fun way to assist with learning early maths.
*Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.
We are passionate about nursery rhymes and feel their importance shouldn’t be overlooked in early years development. Each day in our classes, we see first-hand how children benefit from singing and playing along to songs and rhymes.
Over 2 million children have taken part in World Nursery Rhyme Week since its launch in 2013. Open to parents, Early Years practitioners and anybody who works with children under the age of 7, participation and resources are provided free.
Who can take part?
Previous participants: Primary Schools, Parents, Grandparents, Childminders, Nurseries, Preschools, Children’s Centres, Kindergartens, Home Educators, Parent and Toddler Groups, Health Visitors, Speech and Language Therapists, Trainee Teachers, Supply Teachers, Advisory Teachers, Play Schemes, After School Clubs, Preparatory Schools, College and University Students, Researchers, Early Years Practitioners, Crèches, Breakfast Clubs, Children’s Charities and Nannies.
This list reflects the main participants, but by no means the only groups and individuals who have taken part previously. In a nutshell, if you are involved with or work with children under the age of 7 you are very welcome to get involved.
What are the 5 rhymes for 2017?
The 5 rhymes for our ‘Rhyme a Day Challenge’ are:
Monday 13th November: ‘Bobby Shafto’.
Tuesday 14th November: ‘Lavenders Blue’.
Wednesday 15th November: ‘Hickory Dickory Dock’.
Thursday 16th November: ‘Wind the Bobbin Up’.
Friday 17th November: ‘Old King Cole.
How can I take part?
You can now ‘Register your interest’ for World Nursery Rhyme Week 2017. We will contact you later in the year and confirm when full registration is ‘live’ and provide you with a link to access and download your free resources. This will be approximately mid September. You can ‘Register your Interest’ here.
What resources will be made available?
- Welcome letter and resource guide
- MP3 song downloads
- Musical Activity ideas
- Colouring in sheets
- Animated PowerPoint presentations
- Sequencing activities (to develop early literacy skills)
- Bordered writing paper (for emergent handwriting techniques and mark-making)
- Song book
- Planning and activity ideas (suitable for Early Years settings and practitioners but available for all participants)
- Posters (to advertise your participation)
- Participation certificates
- Quiz for parents and Early Years professionals
- Additional activity resources provided by Twinkl
Who organises the event?
World Nursery Rhyme Week was launched by Music Bugs in 2013 who continue to organise the initiative. Twinkl and Piccolo Music are the event sponsors. Further details about each organisation can be viewed below.