Cash boost for Darwen nursery will help children develop speech
PARENTS will be able to take advantage of free educational music sessions for their children after money was secured by a Darwen nursery.
Kittens Preschool, in Veronica Street, has been given £9,558 to run the free music sessions every Tuesday from November 5.
Bosses at the nursery said research showed that music and singing helped children’s speech to develop.
The cash will pay for early childhood music specialist Zoe Greenhalgh to spend six hours at the nursery every Tuesday for 26 weeks.
She will host music sessions with the under-fives attending the nursery as well as incorporating it into their general play.
One-hour sessions for parents and carers in the community will then be offered at the end of the day.
Pre-school manager Sharon Watts said: “Children’s speech develop- ment is helped by exp- osure to singing.
“A worrying fact is that children are starting school with underdeveloped speech.”
Ms Watts said an important factor in Zoe’s work was that she wouldn’t interrupt the children’s playing time.
She said: “She will incorporate music and singing in the children’s play.
“Zoe will wander around with the children so they won’t have to stop what they are doing.
“So if the child is playing in the sand pit, she will go over and start singing about digging and sand, to incorporate music into the child’s playtime.”
Ms Watts said that as well as helping the children, the sessions would also aid staff. She said: “There is not a lot out there so we get stuck with all the old nursery rhymes.
“With Zoe coming in, the children will get a broader range of music and there will also be CDs available for parents to take home.
“We were delighted to get the funding through for this initiative.
“Zoe has been coming in for the past year but we have only been able to afford short sessions and now we can extend it.”
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