Help in a crisis during Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic
During this COVID-19 pandemic there may have to be changes in the way some of our services work. Please contact the service directly to check how services are being delivered and follow their advice.
Outside of office hours please contact your GP service or visit NHS 111.
Only visit your local Emergency Department for serious life-threatening conditions that need immediate medical attention including persistent severe chest pain, loss of consciousness, acute confused state, severe blood loss, serious burns, suspected stroke.
Sing songs and rhymes with me
Babies love songs and rhymes because they love listening to the adult’s different tone of voice. Rhymes and songs help teach babies and toddlers about rhythm, rhyme and sequencing, all skills needed for talking, reading and learning. You can read our singing booklet here [pdf] 38MB
Try rhymes with actions and build-up anticipation and excitement, such as “Round-and-round the garden”. Use gestures, actions and mimes that go along with the song. These can really help a child's talking and listening skills to develop.
CDs are often too fast for young children to follow and join in with, so try singing the songs again after they have finished.
Try the songs and rhymes on our website or ask your health visitor or Children’s Centre staff for a free songs and rhymes booklet. Come along to your local Childrens’ Centre or library groups to learn more songs and rhymes to try at home.