Nursery rhymes play an important role in early childhood development and children's education. As well as being fun, they are excellent teaching tools and ways to learn:
Nursery rhymes and children’s songs boost vocabulary and language development
They help children to develop literacy skills
They provide a fun way to support early numeracy skills
Nursery rhymes help children to develop social, physical and emotional skills.
"Experts in literacy and child development have discovered that if children know eight nursery rhymes by heart by the time they're four years old, they're usually among the best readers by the time they're eight. -
Mem Fox, Reading Magic.
What 'easy' ways can you incorporate nursery rhymes and singing into your day to day activities:
Nappy changing time
Bath time - use the bath toys if you have some
Bed time routine - choose 1-3 songs and repeat these, so your baby/child has a cue to initiate the bedtime routine
When playing in the garden
In the car on journeys
What nursery rhymes can you sing?
5 little ducks went swimming one day
The wheels on the bus
Wind the bobbin up
1,2,3,4,5 once I caught a fish alive
Baa Baa black sheep
Twinkle Twinkle little star
Hickory Dickory Dock
Leo the lion
I had a little turtle
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall
The grand old duke of York
5 little speckled frogs
At Little Steps Nanny and Events Agency, we are proud to be a Nursery Rhyme Ambassador for World Nursery Rhyme Week 2020. This exciting initiative helps to support important literacy and language development amongst our young children, whether you are a Nanny, Parent, Grandparent, Maternity Nurse, Sleep Consultant, Event Nanny or Babysitter. Why not warm up your singing voice and take part.
There is still time to register and access all of the free resources so that you can take part. Visit: www.worldnurseryrhymeweek.com
If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, you can also find further information over on ICAN's website at https://ican.org.uk/i-cans-talking-point/progress-checker-home/