200,000 under 5s to take part in National Nursery Rhyme Week

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Launched by Music Bugs, National Nursery Rhyme Week will celebrate the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development.

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National Nursery Rhyme Week

Rhymes provide children with the building blocks they need to develop key language and literacy skills.

National Nursery Rhyme Week®, an event that celebrates the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development, has received over 5,700 registrations since its launch in September. The event, the first of its kind in the UK, will see around 200,000 children under the age of 5 take part.

Claire Bennett, founder of Music Bugs® who launched the event says, ‘According to the National Literacy Trust, an increasing number of children start nursery and school with inadequate language and communication skills. Early Years professionals recognise the importance of nursery rhymes in early childhood development and the extent to which they can boost language and literacy skills and have been incredibly supportive of the event’.

Five traditional nursery rhymes have been chosen for this year’s ‘Rhyme a Day Challenge’ and event participants are provided with a range of free resources, which includes resources linked to the EYFS Framework for Early Years settings.

Bennett adds, ‘‘It cannot be over emphasised how important nursery rhymes are in early childhood development. Rhymes provide children with the building blocks they need to develop key skills such as communication, language and literacy as well as social confidence and creativity. We are delighted so many primary schools, parents and early years' practitioners in the UK and abroad are participating in what we are sure will be, a fantastic week long celebration of some of our best loved nursery rhymes’.

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Music Bugs are a leading UK provider of sensory music and singing classes for children aged newborn to 5 years of age. Resources for National Nursery Rhyme Week are provided free of charge by Twinkl, Piccolo Music and iChild.

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