The do re mi Difference

First and foremost at nursery our priorities are providing holistic, quality learning, development and care. However, aside from our nurturing approach, we also highly value music here and the do re mi musical learning programme is embedded as an integral part of nursery life.

Much research discusses the positive effects early years music has on children's development: social, behavioural, cognitive, emotional and intellectual. Children love music and singing; dancing and making music come very naturally to young children. As such, music is the perfect outlet for children's creativity, and for fun and positive experiences.

At do re mi rather than music being delivered once a week by an ‘outsider’, children participate in daily music sessions provided by the nursery staff who know how our children learn best rather than 'tagging on' music as an extra. There is then scope for the children to engage in child-led musical experiences and 'musical free play' both inside and out, using the songs and rhymes learned in music times and an array of musical instruments and props. This allows our children to explore their own musicality and express themselves.

Our aim: ' do re mi musical learning aims to nurture children’s musical development through a progressive musical journey'.

The do re mi musical learning programme echoes the belief that 'music belongs to everyone' (Kodály, a Hungarian musician and educator) and this properly structured, systematic and holistic approach informs and underpins our music education within the nursery. The main tool we use for this is the voice, the instrument that we all have. This approach has proven benefits for speech and language development.

do re mi: our musical journey do re mi: our musical journey Musical Learning child

Alongside our singing-based approach, children are also introduced to movement activities, circle games, dance and a wide selection of wooden percussion instruments to support this work. Puppets, dance scarves, lycra and a variety of props are all part of our sessions. Other opportunities to learn through music are also utilised where appropriate, such as:

  • Early Writing – we promote early writing skills by making the gross motor movements required for writing to music.
  • Fine motor skills – through manipulating playdough into specific shapes and in different ways to music, fine motor movements are developed.
  • Number skills – through specifically selected songs and rhymes.
  • Personal, social and emotional development – this is encouraged through the incorporation of story, music, dance and yoga movements.
  • Physical Development – we use a fun and fitness music and movement programme that helps achieve physical development and health and well-being early years requirements.
  • Communication and speech and language development – this is encouraged and positively promoted by the ♫do re mi approach towards the use of rhymes and songs.
  • Musical Development – songs are specifically selected to be progressive and encourage a strong sense of pulse in children and to develop their inner hearing and accurate pitching.
  • Creativity – by allowing space and time for individual expression to music, the use of a wide range of quality sound-makers, mark-making to music, and encouragement to improvise song words or tunes.

The do re mi difference

We have an on-site music room which allows plenty of space to allow all of the above to happen! Within the other nursery rooms we ensure that a rich and exciting musical environment is created that allows for both child and adult led musical activity. Our experienced practitioners work with the children's natural enthusiasm for singing, dancing, moving and playing and use the playfulness, eagerness and curiosity that our children display to develop them in all areas of learning and wellbeing, weaving music through the daily rhythms of the nursery day. Our practitioners use songs and music in a creative and playful way and enjoying musical experiences and musical free play is a natural part of the do re mi day.

"It's a do re mi day,
We're here to have some fun
It's a do re mi day,
Welcome everyone
Welcome, welcome, welcome everyone!"

For further information please contact us.