How can you spend EYPP funding to most effectively meet children’s needs in the current climate?
The Early Years (EY) sector is getting used to the new normal as they find ways to support practitioners, children and their parents throughout this pandemic.
In recent weeks, it’s become evident that, although EY settings will stay open, life won’t return to ‘normal’ before spring 2021 at the earliest. It will be tough for EY practitioners as all training and social events move online. In addition, any onsite visits from parents or specialist teachers will no longer be possible.
Supporting the wellbeing of practitioners and parents must continue to be a priority for assuring the wellbeing of children in their care. However, we mustn’t forget that children need to be prepared for school next September too.
At Boogie Mites (BM), we believe that daily, creative, music-making opportunities improves everyone’s mood. Not only this, it has the potential to significantly boost children’s cognitive development. It’s also great for equipping parents with mood-boosting activities to enjoy at home with their children.
Neuroscience studies provide evidence of the power of effective, active, music-making to boost children’s development in EY, particularly in the foundations for literacy and maths. Research suggests that music and movement in EY could be the key to closing the attainment gap.
In recent years, many EYs settings have chosen to spend their EYPP funding on our School Ready Music Programme. They receive practitioner training and resources that can be used in the setting and for parent education sessions.
“I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending Boogie Mites to anyone caring for children in the early years. The extensive learning outcomes for children that it offers, makes it very good value for money. I believe it should be an essential piece of ‘toolkit’ within the industry.”
Emma Berry, Manager, Scamps Pre-School, East Worthing
For more testimonials from settings:
Online support to get children school ready
Every summer term, BM Tutors lead parent education courses to support their child’s transition. Under our Hampshire County Council contract, we had to quickly change our delivery to online for the 2020 summer term.
It took lots of trialling but this summer we worked with parents and pre-schools from 22 primary schools in the most disadvantaged areas of Hampshire. The results blew everyone away.
Read about the positive impact that these courses had on children and parents in this independent evaluation by Achievement For All (AFA).
We also supported parents of children at some of the nursery groups that follow our music programmes in-house: Bright Horizons, Co-operative Childcare, Kiddi Caru and Spring (Action For Children). They received weekly online music sessions and parent education sessions in the summer term.
Pre-school settings must consider how to support their children’s literacy and maths foundations as well as boosting wellbeing. Their EYPP funding must be directed to meet this challenge.
How can we help?
- Resource packs
Read more about our School Ready Literacy Programme
Read more about our Maths Programme
We are currently offering discounts on the above programmes, just use the code Literacy10 or Maths10 at checkout to receive 10% off, or email email@example.com to place the order and receive an invoice.
The programme package includes online modular training videos, however, many settings find that training with us at the start boosts confidence and supports the implementation of the programme into their daily practice.
- Online Training
In January 2021, we will be offering online practitioner training for our Literacy programme, led by a BM Tutor. The 6-week training course will start and end with a zoom session. The first being an introduction to the evidence and content of the course. The final session will be sharing the experiences from the training and any ideas for adapting and extending the practice. The BM Tutor will be available to support as required during the 6 weeks.
- Parent Engagement
We also support parent involvement via online sessions and resources to enjoy with their children at home. The parent support package can be purchased by the setting or by parents directly.
At Boogie Mites, we believe that collaboration as well as music will play a significant part in getting us through these difficult times.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss working with us to enhance music provision at your setting, boost wellness and development for staff, children and parents through music in 2021.