The do re mi Difference

Our vision is that do re mi day nursery is a musically rich environment, where quality musical learning takes place. Music in the early years is very valuable with much research discussing the positive effects on children's development: social, behavioural, cognitive, and emotional as well as academic. Children love music and singing, dancing and making music comes very naturally to young children. As such, music is the perfect outlet for children's creativity, and for fun and positive experiences.

First and foremost, our priorities are providing first class quality learning, development and care. Within this, the do re mi musical learning programme is embedded in the day nursery setting and is an integral part of nursery life. Rather than a weekly session delivered by an 'outsider'; little and often is the approach within the nursery, with children participating in short, daily adult-led circle time music sessions, provided by the nursery staff who know how our children learn best rather than 'tagging on' music as an extra. There is then scope for the children to engage in child-led musical experiences and 'musical free play' both inside and out, using an array of musical instruments and props. This allows our children to explore their own musicality and express themselves.

'The do re mi musical learning programme aims to nurture children's musical development through a progressive musical journey'.

We echo Zoltán Kodály's (the Hungarian Educator) belief that 'music belongs to everyone' and the Kodály Concept informs and underpins our music education within the nursery, providing a high quality, properly structured approach which is systematic and holistic. The main tool we use for this is the voice, the instrument that we all have. However, it is far more than 'just singing'. This is where foundation skills are developed in preparation for future musicianship, such as learning to play an instrument.

Alongside our singing-based approach, children are also introduced to movement activities, circle games and a wide selection of wooden percussion instruments to support this work. Puppets, dance scarves, lycra cloths and a variety of props are all part of our sessions. Other opportunities to learn through music are also utilised where appropriate, such as:

  • Early Writing – we promote early writing skills by making the gross motor movements required for writing to music.
  • Fine motor skills – through manipulating playdough into specific shapes and in different ways to music, fine motor movements are developed.
  • Number skills – through specifically selected songs and rhymes.
  • Personal, social and emotional development – this is encouraged through the incorporation of story, music, dance and yoga movements.
  • Physical Development – we use a fun and fitness music and movement programme that helps achieve the physical development and health and well-being early years' requirements.
  • Communication and speech and language development – this is encouraged and positively promoted by the do re mi approach towards the use of rhymes and songs.
  • Musical Development – songs are specifically selected to be progressive and encourage a strong sense of pulse in children and to develop their inner hearing and accurate pitching.
  • Creativity – by allowing space and time for individual expression to music, the use of a wide range of quality sound-makers, mark-making to music, and encouragement to improvise song words or tunes.

The nursery rooms are arranged deliberately to ensure a rich and exciting musical environment that allows for both child and adult led musical activity is created. Our experienced practitioners work with the children's natural enthusiasm for singing, dancing, moving and playing and use the playfulness, eagerness and curiosity that our children display to develop them in all areas of learning and wellbeing, weaving music through the daily rhythms of the nursery day. Our practitioners use songs and music in a creative and playful way, and enjoying musical experiences and musical free play is a natural part of the do re mi day.

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