Pop Up PercussionOnline Music Sessions for Early Years during Covid-19 restrictions
Benefits of parent and toddler activities
Play therapy is a form of counselling or psychotherapy in which play is used as a means of helping children express or communicate their feelings. Play teaches the adults to be patient towards their children. Playing also allows parents to better understand their children and have appreciation of the individuality of each and every child. Through play, parents are able to have better knowledge of the personality of their children. Play also promotes good family bonding and well-being.
Online - Citywide
Buzz Start Well Develop Well Team
Becca at Pop Up Percussion
Manchester Sure Start Children’s Centres
The buzz Start Well Develop Well team have been involved in carrying out a large number of community conversations for the Start Well Strategy. From these conversations it was identified that parents that recently had a child are struggling finding things to do for their own mental health and to keep their child entertained during the Covid-19 restrictions.
Most stay and play sessions are no longer running so we identified there was a gap to provide some online sessions for families.
The aim of this project was to provide new parents with fun, educational online Music Sessions as a means of educating and entertaining young children remotely during Covid-19 restrictions.
'This will help so many families who have had to isolate or who are struggling to go to any physical groups!
I am really excited about how this will be able to connect with so many families and in a way that at the moment is pretty difficult to really engage.
It is fantastic that you guys managed funding for such a positive piece of work!' Thrive Manchester
'Looks fabulous. I’ve shared with my team and colleagues across the city.' Locality Manager, Early Help - Children and Education Directorate
'Outreach workers watched the sessions and said they were good.' Sure Start Children’s Centre Locality Lead
'We enjoyed today. Only feedback is if we could go a bit longer maybe 30 minutes but apart from that we love the sing alongs'
'L. kept looking at me like I had lost the plot but I got lots of smiles - we both really enjoyed it and so nice we can actually do something in lockdown.'
'I signed up to your pop percussion classes. Just wanted to say we had a lot of fun, we will definitely be taking lots of the songs away with us too! The hello song has replaced the elephants have wrinkles which is on repeat!'
'I do the walks at Fletcher Moss - I caught up on all your music sessions today - G. really enjoyed. Thank you!'
Various Parents that attended the sessions
Initial feedback from parents has been very complimentary. The live sessions attracted 133 views from parents and a lot more have since viewed the recorded sessions. Parents really enjoyed the sessions. We await more formal feedback via Survey Monkey.
More sessions have been commissioned with the view to these sessions being run at Sure Start Children’s Centres once the Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.
Strategic links to local/national policies
Promotes good family bonding and wellbeing
Help child development
Increases parents understanding of children
Allows child to express themselves
Develops child’s social and physical skills
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Dina Pieri, Neighbourhood Health Worker (South Locality), Start Well Develop Well
T. 07585 648 713
Brian Goodman, Neighbourhood Health Worker (North Locality), Start Well Develop Well
T. 0161 271 0566
Ben Talbot, Neighbourhood Health Worker (Central Locality), Start Well Develop Well
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