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There is a growing wealth of evidence published by neuroscientists, that proves that music making in early years hones, grows and improves neural networks like no other activitiy. You can download some references to studies and lectures covering this subject in just the last year, here.

Boogie Mites Music Programmes use exactly the muscial activities that have been proven to enhance cognitive function - particularly foundations for literacy and maths skills.

 

In  2013 Chichester University conducted An Evaluation of the Boogie Mites Early Years Music Education Programmes in respect of parents and practitioners.

The research objectives of the parent programme study were the following;

i)   To investigate parent’s perceptions of the influence of the Boogie Mites music programmes on children’s language, communication, physical, emotional and social development.

ii)  To explore the influence of the Boogie Mites programmes on parental knowledge, confidence and involvement in children’s learning.

iii)  To evaluate practitioner’s perceptions following training sessions by Boogie Mites.

 

The evidence shows that Boogie Mites active music making programmes imake a real difference to parents and practitioners of children in early years with respect to four important factors:

1. Parental Knowledge and Involvement - Boogie Mites sessions encouraged parents to make the links between the EYFS (DfE2012) prime areas of learning and the use of music both at the session and in the home. The fact that parents were practicing and using their skills at home indicated music becoming embedded into home practice, with the attendant benefits for increased parental involvement in their child's development across the three prime areas. 

2. Parent and Child Confidence - Parents reported that they felt more confident to use music with their children at home and as part of everyday life. Whereas previously they said they used music for recreational purposes or in the background, they commented how much of a primary role it now played in their lives. The parents’ increased confidence had a knock on effect on their child’s confidence.  

3. Creating a Safe Space For Participation - The facilitation of the Boogie Mites programmes by music leaders trained to work with both target and inclusive groups, was viewed very positively by all parents as they encouraged participation and allowed experimentation in a safe environment. They were the mediators between the settings/schools and home and supported the development of home practice. The positive attitudes of the facilitators encouraged and supported the parents. This provided an opportunity which promoted the group to work together supporting the transition of parents from working alone to working as a group. This transition allowed parents the chance to gain a wider support network over and above the music activities on offer.(perfect for tranisiton from pre-school to school).

4. Practitioner Confidence and Sharing Best Practice. A significant number of practitioners said the Boogie Mites training gave them confidence to implement Boogie Mites in their settings. After completing their training, there was almost an explosion of enthusiasm, eagerness and willingness to implement what they had learnt back into their setting. Not only that but they were inspired enough to share what they learnt with their rest of the colleagues in their setting.

Would you like to implement evidence-based Boogie Mites Music Programmes as part of your parent involvement and school ready strategies? Here's what to do next:

  1. Contact Sue (023 9281 7274) sue@boogiemites.co.uk to arrange a one-off or a course of music sessions for parents and children at your setting. (Only available in London, Surrey, Hampshire)
  2. Contact Sue (023 9281 7274) sue@boogiemites.co.uk to arrange practitioner training for your setting or for a cluster of settings in your area, to cover working in child only groups and parent and child groups (available nationwide)
  3. Visit the I CAN online shop and browse our 2 music packs specifically designed with videos, workshop plans, evaluation tools and posters to allow you to run music sessions for parents and children at your early years setting
  • Boogie Mites Minis Parent Workshop Pack  Inspirational Music Activities for Listening, Vocalisation and Early Language Skills  - for Early Years Settings (1-3 years)   Click here to be taken to the I CAN shop
  • Boogie Mites School Ready Parent Workshop Pack Discover The Power Of Music To Promote Communication Skills AND Increase Parent Involvement (3-5years) Click here to be taken to the I CAN shop

We hope you have found this information useful. If you have any questions about our work here at Boogie Mites please call or email Sue (023 9281 7274) sue@boogiemites.co.uk

Many Thanks and Keep on Boogie-ing!