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World Nursery Rhyme Week - 16th - 20th November 2020

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

  • Calm time

  • 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:

If you are concerned about your child's speech and language development, you can also find further information over on ICAN's website at

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