World Nursery Rhyme Week – how to take part

When is World Nursery Rhyme Week?

This year, the event will run from 13th – 17th November 2017.

Who can take part?

World Nursery Rhyme Week is open to anyone who has or works with children under the age of 7. e.g. Parents, Primary Schools, Nurseries, Preschools, Children’s Centres, Toddler Groups, Home Educators, Playgroups, Creches, Childminders, Libraries, Breakfast Clubs, After School Clubs, Nannies, Trainee Teachers, Language Therapists, Supply Teachers …. in short, anybody who works, or is involved with children under the age of 7 can take part.

Do I have to pay a fee to take part?

No, participation and all resources are provided free of charge. All you will need is access to a printer and a PC/Laptop.

I would like to take part at home. Is this possible?

Absolutely.  All of the resources can be accessed from a home computer and printer. Just choose and download the resources you require (you don’t have to use them all).

What is the ‘Rhyme A Day’ challenge?

We choose 5 traditional nursery rhymes and challenge you to join us and sing one a day with your children.

What are the 5 rhymes for 2017?:

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’.

What will my resource pack contain?

Your free resources are provided by Piccolo Music and Twinkl and contain the following for each of the 5 rhymes:

  • An MP3 song download (Piccolo Music)
  • Musical activity ideas (Piccolo Music)
  • Colouring In Sheet
  • An animated PowerPoint presentation
  • Sequencing activities* (to develop early literacy skills)
  • Bordered writing paper* (for emergent handwriting techniques and mark-making)

In addition you will find:

  • Welcome letter and resource guide
  • Song Book (a lovely keepsake which can be coloured in)
  • Planning and Activity ideas (Suitable for Early Years settings and practitioners but available for all participants)
  • Posters (to advertise your event)
  • Participation certificates
  • Quiz for Parents and Early Years professionals

Will I need Adobe Reader to access the downloads?

Yes, most of the downloads (apart from the song files) are in PDF format. You can download Adobe Reader here free of charge

Can I just access the free song downloads?

Yes, you are welcome to download any of the resources you need.

Can you email or post the resources?

Unfortunately, we are unable to send resources via email or post due to the sheer volume of participants.

I’m a parent with a young baby – can we get involved?

Absolutely. The youngest of babies will enjoy and benefit from being sung to and our initiative provides the perfect opportunity for you to re-familiarise yourself with the rhymes that were sung to you in childhood.

How do I register for World Nursery Rhyme Week?

You can ‘Register your Interest’ here. Full registration will open in mid September when you will be provided with the link to access your free resources. Tip: Don’t forget to add us to your ‘Safe Senders’ list. Also check your Spam folder as sometimes our emails wind their way there.

How do I download my resource pack?

We use Dropbox to share the resources with you. You do not need to register for your own Dropbox account in order to access the resources. Just click on the link we will provide you with in September  and ‘download’ the files you want to your laptop or PC.

Please note: some organisations prevent access to Dropbox. If you are trying to download at work and experience technical difficulties, please speak to your IT department. Alternatively, email the resources link we will provide you with to your home email address, download the items to your ‘Desktop’ and email the items back to yourself at work.

I have another question about World Nursery Rhyme Week – who do I contact?

Please contact Kim Cunningham at

Connect with World Nursery Rhyme Week on social media: