“Our ability to use language unlocks all areas of learning. We grow a sense of purpose for the child by our own use of language and engaging them with a wide variety of stories, rhymes, songs, symbols, and texts in different media all around them.”
Realising the Ambition: Being Me (Page 70)


Rhyme of the Week
At McCready Family Centre, we love to sing! To join in with our rhyme of the week please click on the videos below! I wonder if you can do the actions along to the song?

Week 1 Rhyme

Week 2 Rhyme

Week 3 Rhyme

Week 4 Rhyme

Week 5 Rhyme



Please click on the link below to read our booklet with a variety of songs, rhymes and finger plays you can take part in with your child. This booklet has lots of information on the 6 stages of  songs and rhymes! Enjoy!

McCready Songs, Rhymes and Finger Plays Booklet 

Please join in with Anne reading the Hungry Caterpillar story.

Did you know your child can learn the following through the story?

Early numeracy – colours, counting foods and sorting and categorising foods.

Science – Life cycle of a butterfly.

Early literacy – Days of the week, book concepts.

Health and Well-being – Healthy  eating

The list is not exhaustive and there is so much more your child can learn from just one story.

We hope you enjoy listening and learning together.

Please click the video below to watch Anne read a story all about our feelings!



The Importance of Drawing

Drawing allows a child to express themselves through their mark making. 
Below is some more information on the benefits of drawing and the stages of mark making.
Benefits of Mark Making 





Children love to listen to and make their own music. Below is some information on how to make your own instruments at home and the experiences you can do with your child. These experiences not only help develop children’s language and communication as they learn to use active listening skills, but it also develops areas such as fine and gross motor skills, helping children learn co-ordination and balance. It also supports physical and mental wellbeing by allowing children a way of expression.
Musical Instruments




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