Our Early Years project introduces young children to dance through music, storytelling and multisensory play.
Sessions are based on stories such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Children are encouraged to respond creatively to the exploration of the story, enabling them to develop confidence, self-expression and language skills. Through participating in the artist led project and accompanying training, staff are equipped to deliver movement activities as a regular part of their work.
There are several packages available to suit the needs of your Centre which may include:
- Workshops delivered by a Northern Ballet dance artist
- Accompanying resource pack
- Staff twilight training
- Staff mentoring
The project supports characteristics of effective learning: playing and exploring, active learning, creating and thinking critically and links to the following Early Learning Goals:
- Communication and language development
- Physical development
- Personal, social and emotion development
- Self Confidence and Self-awareness
- Making Relationships
- Expressive Arts and Design
- Exploring and using media and materials
- Being Imaginative
- Supports children with English as an additional language (EAL) by providing opportunities for non-verbal communication and repetition of familiar vocabulary
‘The children have blossomed with their communication skills both verbal and nonverbal.’
‘86% of the children taking part in the project have improved their listening and attention skills.’
'The children enjoyed moving their bodies in different ways, stretching, and challenging themselves to try out new ways to balance.'
'The project has had a very positive impact on the children’s well-being and emotional development. Their confidence grew significantly over the weeks... The children were all encouraged to express themselves in a variety of different ways and were given the opportunity to communicate their ideas. As a result, their communication skills and self-confidence have improved.'
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