Children’s nursery rhymes benefit the development of a child’s linguistics

Nursery rhymes are a given when a child is growing up, and some parents will agree on how catchy they are.

They are able to have an impact on the development of a child’s linguistics and their understanding of phonics.

Conducted research has presented finding that the short format and repeated nature of the songs aid in the development of a child’s reading skills. Over a period of time, children will have a developed understanding and familiarity with specific sounds which will help them identify the similarities between different words. An example could be the words ‘light’ and ‘night’ sounding extremely similar which will aid the child as they learn to read at a later stage.

Nursery rhymes are also a brilliant way for children to experiment with sounds, broaden their memory, and understand books and reading in general. Cognitive ability can be improved through videos, this is because the video illustrates the nursery rhyme and gives the rhyme context leading to an understanding of the rhyme. Because there is added visual stimulation and sing along options will get the children involved.

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Day nursery benefits

Sending your child to day nursery presents a number of benefits.

Nursery gives children to opportunity to develop

Nursery gives children to opportunity to develop

Day nurseries follow the early years foundation stage which offers a structure of learning and care for children from an extremely young age to five years old.

Children will have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills by participating in a variety of activities that may include:

– construction blocks and dough
– imaginative play (in a playhouse, sand pit, water table etc.)
– jigsaws and puzzles
– moving around and dancing to music
– painting, gluing and sticking, drawing etc.
– simple cooking
– singing
– story time/reading

Children get to experience, from a young age, socialisation through playing with other children their own age and learn in groups and individually with a member of staff, this will also help with the child’s confidence.

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Importance of dance for children

Rowans host a dance and fitness class for the nursery children, older and younger.

Here we discuss why it is important for children to get exercise into their lives, more specifically dance.

The inclusion of the arts is slowly reducing in many mainstream schools leading parents to seek out other performing opportunities for their children to partake in. To view the teachers that visit the school and host these Dance & Fitness sessions, please click here.

First and a foremost, the obvious benefits dance and fitness provides children is weight control. It’s an enjoyable source of exercise for children, promoting healthy cholesterol levels and blood pressure along with aiding in maintaining a balanced lifestyle.

In fact, it has been said that children require approximately half an hour of structured activity per day paired with one hour of unstructured activity. They should be encouraged to be active throughout the day as this does improve coordination, aids sleep and flexibility. Dance is an exceptional way for children to be constantly active along with have fun in the process! It encourages children to use their whole body, from stretching, bending and reaching, to a musical beat which they will truly enjoy.

The result of dance and fitness is feeling happier and well exercised.

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Baby massage

Rowans Nursery offer IAIM Baby Massage, a long-standing parenting tradition that has circulated many cultures, including Indian and African.

Baby massage was only recently introduced into the Western world during the last three decades, growing in popularity in the UK since the late 90’s.

The massage can be done using a high quality, unscented vegetable oil using rhythmic strokes on the baby’s body, following a sequence that has been mastered over the years. The massage is enjoyable for the baby as they will feel valued and respected through the series of massages. Drawing from Indian and Swedish massage traditions, not only that but incorporating principles from reflexology and yoga.

Babies can benefit from the massage:

– Helps the baby feel secure
– Helps them feel loved, valued and respected
– Reduces emotional distress
– Increased levels of relaxation and longer sleep
– Development of body awareness and coordination
– Provides relief from colic, constipation, teething discomfort and wind

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Advantages of nursery

Day nurseries follow the early years foundation stage (EYFS), providing them with a structure of learning and care.

Your child will be in the hands of specially trained staff that are taught to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children to learn and develop in.

There will be a wide variety of activities available for your child to learn and other skills including:

– construction blocks and dough
– imaginative play, with the sand pit, water table or playhouse
– jigsaws and puzzles
– moving and dancing to music
– painting, drawing, gluing and sticking
– simple cooking
– singing
– story time and reading

These activities and skills that they are being taught offer your child a chance to play within a group and with other children, subconsciously learning social skills and developing their confidence.

Each day nursery will have been inspected and registered by the appropriate authority; England’s nurseries: Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted), Scotland’s nurseries: HM Inspectorate of Education (HMIE), Wales’ nurseries: Estyn, Northern Ireland’s nurseries: Department for Education Northern Ireland (DENI).

Another advantage of sending your child to nursery are the strict rules in place for the parents and students to follow such as pick up times and drop off times.

Nurseries offer a stable and reliable form of childcare as it will constantly be open no matter if a carer is ill or late. Something you and your child can both benefit from.

When you are selecting a nursery for your child to visit, you can ask the nursery these questions to help you determine whether to place is right for your child.
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Choosing a Nursery

After deciding which school or nursery you would like to visit, and the appointments have been made, it is important to ask the right questions to determine the correct place for your child.

Below we’ve listed some of the questions you may want to ask when visiting a nursery based on:

The environment

Is the school/nursery clean?
Is it well-maintained and organised?
Will your child be safe?
Are the toys in a good condition?
Is this a part of a chain of nurseries, or is it independent?
Is the nursery convenient to get to and leave from?

The atmosphere

Are the children happy and enjoying themselves?
Are the staff members nurturing and caring?
Would you consider the children active and busy, or controlled and directed?

Speak to other parents if possible, there should be a lively atmosphere.

The routine

What would a typical day entail?
Is there a variety of activities including, creative play, sitting down activities, free play and time for rest?
When is nap time, where is it held and how long for? Does the facility have an outdoor play area and if not, are there periods the children will be taken out?

The discipline policy

How would bad behaviour be handled?
What is the discipline policy?
Are well-behaved children rewarded?

The staff’s qualifications

What are the credentials of the teaching staff?
What’s the amount of fully qualified staff that teach here?

The curriculum and Ofsted inspections

Can you view a recent Ofsted report if there is one?
Will your child be able to understand the curriculum?

The food, medicine, and care policies

Are the children given anything to eat if anything, at break times?
Are their dietary and allergy needs that are catered for?
Is there a nurse and does she have a medicine policy? (Nurses are able to administer antibiotics, excluding Calpol and cough medicine, if they have a medicine book.)
Will your child need nappies?

The parent/teacher relationships

Does the school have a flexible attitude to new children and parents like a gradual entry policy?
Are there reports to keep parent’s updated with their child’s progress?
Will there be times when the head teacher is available to talk to parents at the start or the end of each day?
Will there be advice given to parents to encourage their child following the child’s development at the school/nursery?

Anything else

You can ask for the policy on late collections; will there be a charge?
Check whether nappies, dance classes, uniforms, swimming classes, meals and anything else will have an extra charge.
Is the nursery flexible? Will you be able to make up missed days if your child is ill or isn’t available for any other reasons?
Does the nursery give any refunds?
Will there be any extra cost in closing periods or bank holidays?
Is there a fee for deposit and registration?
How far in advance would these fees be due?

Lastly, questions will help you determine some of the basics of a nursery, however, be sure to trust your own instinct on whether you believe your child will thrive and prosper in that particular nursery.
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Nursery rhymes help children learn

Nursery rhymes create a big impact on children, more than parents may thing – many question the purpose of nursery rhymes; other than being extremely repetitive, what is the point?

Literacy and child development experts have found that a child that knows roughly eight nursery rhymes and can recite them by heart before they’re four, it’s likely that they will be a skilled reader and speller in their classes by the time thy are in Year 3.


Phonic skills – Nursery rhymes allow children to develop early phonic skills, which is the ability to identify, hear and manipulate letter sounds. Quite a few schools actually use phonics as one of the main ways to teach reading.

Practice – They allow children to practice pitch, volume and language variation – when asking a question and retelling a story to friends, tone needs to be changed and children will have to learn that.

Imagination – Nursery rhymes have been said to expand a child’s imagination which is understandable with stories of eggs sitting on walls alike.

Sequence – The rhymes follow clear sequences of events starting with a beginning, middle and then an end. These will be among the first ‘stories’ you child will be able to understand.

Vocabulary – Of course, the repetition of the nursery rhymes will help them stick in the child’s brain and will broaden their vocabulary as they learn to interpret the words for themselves.

Fun – Most importantly, they’re fun! For a child, learning new things is fun, and paired with a catchy song, they will enjoy learning.

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Is your child ready for nursery?

Is your child ready for nursery?

A vital part of a child’s development and growth is when they first go to nursery. Children start at a number of different ages, but it’s common for children around the ages of 2+ to begin their schooling career. Readiness in nursery doesn’t just come with age, it’ll naturally develop over time. Is your child socially confident, emotionally ready and physically capable of going to nursery? Find out in our latest blog!

Has your little one spent time away from you?

If your child is used to being in the care of a babysitter or a relative, for example, when you’re at work, they’re more likely to be better prepared to spend time away from you, giving them a huge advantage when they considered to be starting nursery. Children who are used to being away from both parents are more likely to go straight into nursery and not struggle on their first day or weeks. If this isn’t something your child has experienced, try to schedule some time away from them – they could spent time with grandparents or relatives.

If you don’t have the pleasure of leaving your little one with a family member or friend, then not to worry: it’s also common for some children to go into nursery on their first day without so much as a look back.

The ultimate trick is to help your children adjust to the change in small doses, compared to one big go. A number of nurseries will allow to you drop off your children a while before the opening times on their first few days at the nursery, so they can get adjusted to their new environment, letting them gradually work up to a full day of fun!

Is your little one quite independent?

Nursery can be difficult for most, but if your child holds certain skills, even at a basic level, it’ll give them a major advantage when trying to adapt to nursery life. If your child is potty trained, they’re more likely to be accepted into a nursery, as this is a common requirement. Your son/daughter should be able to take care of their own basic needs, like cleaning their hands after doing activities involving paint, sand, glue etc, eating their lunch without the help of an adult and even sleeping by themselves.

Does your child hold a schedule?

Nursery children, although doing various activities day to day, will often hold a set schedule in their time at nursery: circle time, play time, snacks, fun on the playground and then lunch. This system is implemented for good reason; children tend to feel more comfortable with a situation when they’re going through the same routine at the same time each day.

If your child doesn’t have their own schedule at which they eating, play and sleep, it could help to implement a routine just before nursery in order to help their learning schedule. Offering your child meals at a regular time is a great start!

You could plan to visit the park, relatives, play in the garden and even have a bathroom routine. This is where a child will learn the best, as they’ll have a bath, read books or play with toys and then go to bed.

Is your child ready for nursery physically?

You may be looking at the screen with bemusement right now, because what could “physically” mean?
Children are incredibly busy throughout their nursery life; they visit a number of places, learn, play and explore. This can be a tiring challenge for any child, so if you find that your child takes these activities with ease, they may be ready for nursery. But, if they have trouble moving on from one activity to another and instead get upset/angry, this could indicate your child isn’t fully prepared for nursery.

The physical side of the analysis comes in when your child needs to sleep. Nursery child will often have a nap time, which is usually after lunch, but if your little can’t stretch through to this time, they may not be ready.

You can work towards the improvement of their stamina by making sure he gets a good sleep routine implemented. Also, you could have them do more activities in the day, which will mimic the routine of nursery life and improve their energy levels whilst helping them deal with routines.

Is your child ready for nursery? Call us for a chat about your little one and their learning path!

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How were nurseries invented?

Nurseries are common place in the modern day, but where did they first originate?

The concept of the nursery has been one that started in the 1800’s. Today, it’s common place for young children to attend a nursery in order to further their development and help prepare them for their academic career. So, with the idea of nurseries being widely accepted in modern day, just how did they get started? Find out in our latest blog!

The UK started a trend…

The idea of schooling children has been around for a while in the UK before Margaret McMillan, a Christian with an approach on child development, had the idea of not only had the idea of teaching children but also toddlers and younger. Swapping the concept of sense training and health focus for that of play and self-activity, McMillan introduced a whole new range of child development techniques used in the 1800’s. She’s widely regarded as the originator of the Nursery schooling concept, being a driving force behind child education at the time. Margaret’s sister, Rachel McMillan, also helped her sibling with the nursery concept, opening an open-air nursery in a rundown area of London in 1913. It was around that time that similar methods of teaching would develop in countries such as the USA and Italy, aiming to provide educational methods of aid to children living in poverty.

The development of American nurseries

The idea of nurseries spread rapidly throughout the United States, although the first nursery schools to be built were all privately financed, often being sponsored by universities across the country. Each nursery held a different approach towards the education of children and this was clear to see in their methods of child study. Unlike the nurseries across the UK, American establishments would cater towards the upper and middle-class children of society, whose mothers weren’t participating in paid labour. In the 1920s, the co-op nursery school was developed in the United States, something that focused on the parents aiding in the running of the nursery.

Although the idea of nursery schooling was widely accepted by the public education system throughout the 20th century, the concept was limited in its resources through its cost and the idea that the best place for children to be, when under schooling age, would be at home with their mother. Exceptions were made for children in poor urban areas and also in times of national emergency, notably in both the Great Depression and WWII.

The development of nurseries would continue for a number of years after, with projects like “War on Poverty” aiming to directly fund the educational aspect of children across their respective country and even the world. The continued increase in this area has seen the schooling systems of countries worldwide deliver outstanding knowledge and preparation to children everywhere.

So, what do you think? Is a nursery a vital part of a child’s education and can it be used to give them an advantage in early life?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Five top reasons for sending your child to a nursery

So, why exactly should you send your little ones to nursery?

It promotes social activities

One of the main benefits of sending your child to nursery is the preparation it has on your child school life. Depending on where you send your child, nursery’s aren’t specifically the most cost effective places in the world, yet the social benefit is gives your children is immense. They’re mixing with children in their own age group, so they’ll be much better equipped to dealing with other children when the time comes.

It’s always good to find a balance in this sense, as although nursery is a fantastic place for your children to be, they’ll still need to spend time with parents.

Get more quality time with your little ones

As they all say, absence makes the heart grow fonder… right? Having time away from your little ones is not only good for you, as you’ll be able to spend some time on yourself, but you’ll also feel way more relaxed with them when they come home, giving yourself more energy and more time to play with them.

There's lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

There’s lots of fun to be had at nursery for your little ones!

Potty training may become easier?

It’s possible that, whilst at nursery, your little ones can pick up more skills than you would’ve thought possible. For example, did you know that children can become more accepting of the idea of potty training whilst at nursery?

Nursery staff reinforce the idea of potty training to your children time and time again, so when it comes to it they should take to it with more ease and understanding. Although we’re not saying that potty training is the main reason you should send your child to nursery, it certainly is a massive help when trying to explain to your children the importance of using a potty.

Encourages playing and sharing

The good thing about sending your children to nursery is that it’ll increase their love of being outdoors, as well as giving them time to be active. A toddler who is active is more likely to remain active later on in life, so it’s important to encourage your children to be active both indoors and outdoors.

The benefits of ‘messy play’

One of the biggest benefits of sending your little one to nursery is that they can have as much messy play as they want, and the best thing is, you don’t have to be the one to clean it up! Now, children can have a form of messy play at home, as we’re sure there are walls in your home that can show evidence of this, but at the same time children can experience a wider range of messy play at nursery than they can at home, with activities including water, paint, paper, glue and sand.

So, what do you think? Are you convinced? Would you send your child to nursery based on this?

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