Home Learning – Reading, Rhythm and Songs


At Shadwell Childcare we are always striving for ways to support the development of each child in as many fun and engaging ways as possible.


There can be few things as powerful as regularly reading or singing to a young child. There are astonishing benefits for children: comfort and reassurance, confidence and security, relaxation, happiness and fun as well as learning opportunities.


It has been demonstrated that reading and nursery rhymes also lays the foundationto early language and reading skills. 

Children who are read only one book a day will hear about 290,000 words more than children who are not read too.  Young children who are read five books a day from birth will begin reception school having heard around 1.4 million more words than children who were never read to.


At nursery we aim to read or sing throughout the day to provide the opportunity for all children. Over the coming weeks we will be focusing on specific areas within literacy, starting with rhyme.


Learning rhymes helps us develop an ear for our language. Rhyme and rhythm highlight the sounds and syllables in words. And understanding sounds and syllables helps children learn to read!


Over the coming weeks we have devised a programme of reading and rhyme that will support families with activities that you can do at home to help your child’s development. Initially the focus will be on Nursery Rhymes and Song.


Each week we will focus on a rhyme and practice singing in different ways, quiet, loud, fast, slow, with music, without, using instruments, adding movements, clapping out the beat.


We will also share a song sheet with the words and a video will be added to the website of the rhyme being sang as an example for you to watch with your child.


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Shadwell Childcare Video Updates

We hope that you are keeping well during these trying times and are keeping safe.  We have put together lots of ways for you and your children to keep in touch with everyone at nursery as we are missing you all very much.

We have recorded videos that we hope you enjoy; there are many stories, activities and songs.  We have also sent many more activities on the blog pages of your Parent App. The Home learning pack was posted to all children and should support your learning, we hope that you enjoyed working though it.

Safety and well being support

During Covid-19 If you feel worried about the safety of any family member and you require immediate support, you must phone the police on 999 where they will do an emergency welfare check on the family.

If you become unwell from the COVID-19 virus please call 111 for assistance and advice.

Further support and advice can be found for a range of subjects on the following website which you may find useful for you, your children and your family.


Please also find support on domestic violence and abuse on the below document.

Domestic violence and abuse support

With warm wishes

Paula and the team at Shadwell Childcare