ABOUT US

WHY CHOOSE JUNGLE JIGGLE?

At Jungle Jiggle your child will cover many aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

We will cover the prime areas of Personal, Social & Emotional Development, Communication & Language and Physical Development and touch on the specific areas of Literacy, Mathematics, Understanding the World and Expressive Arts and Design.

Our sessions will be designed and delivered in a way that children can develop. We have used the EYFS as a guide to ensure that children will be getting the most from our sessions.
Numerous criteria from Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage will be covered during our interactive sessions;

Our Jungle Crawlers, Jungle Explorers and Jungle Trekkers can…

  • Enjoy the company of others
  • Build relationships with special people
  • Interact with others and explore new situations when supported by a familiar person
  • Play alongside others
  • Use a familiar adult as a secure base from which to explore independently in new environments.
  • Move whole body to sounds they enjoy, such as music or a regular beat
  • Listen to and enjoy rhythmic patterns
  • Enjoy rhymes and demonstrate listening by trying to join in with actions or vocalizations.
  • Show interest in play with sounds, songs and rhymes.
  • Imitate and improvise actions they have observed e.g. clapping or waving
  • Join in singing favourite songs
  • Create sounds by banging, shaking, tapping or blowing.
  • Express self through physical action and sound
  • Move freely and with pleasure and confidence in a range of ways, such as slithering, shuffling, rolling, crawling, walking, running, jumping, skipping, sliding and hopping.
  • Develop an awareness of number names through their enjoyment of action rhymes and songs that relate to their experience of numbers.

As leaders of the group we will do our very best to ensure our Jungle Crawlers and Jungle Explorers get the most out of their sessions with us.

We will strive to

  • Engage in playful interactions that encourage young babies to respond to or mimic.
  • Involve all children in welcoming and caring for one another.
  • Ensure that all children have opportunities to join in.
  • Encourage repetition, rhythm and rhyme.
  • Encourage young babies’ movements though our interactions
  • Encourage children to join in with tapping and clapping along to simple rhythms.
  • Be aware that children can be very energetic for short bursts and need periods of rest and relaxation
  • Use number words in meaningful contexts

WHY IS MUSIC IMPORTANT?

Children are born into the world ready to ‘decode sounds and words around them’ Mary Luehrisen a music advocate dedicated to music education and promoting support for music education, adds that those inborn capacities need to be “reinforced, practiced, celebrated,” Here at Jungle Jiggle we will work hard to develop and enhance these natural abilities.

Research into how music is used in the ‘early years education’ has shown numerous benefits in children’s development

  • A specific study into ‘Exploring the impact of musical activities on the development of pre-school age children’ found that children partaking in long term structured music-making activities…
  • Had an increased vocabulary, as they practiced new words and vocalisations through song.
  • Developed an understanding of rhyme and how it works in language
  • Had an increased ability to listen and respond to spoken instructions, learning the expectations and need for following instruction
  • Learned the concept of how conversation works through turn taking ie. Taking turns to ‘speak’ in a musical manner clap, sing, play
  • Developed a greater control of their voices, high/low, loud/quiet
  • Had an increased ability in telling their own stories and engaging their imagination, initiating their own ideas into songs.

(Extracted from ‘Turning their ears on, keeping their ears open. Exploring the impact of musical activities on the development of pre-school age children’, Youth Music research report 2006)

In addition to this, research has shown that there is a connection between music and the development of mathematical thinking. Mathematical concepts can be developed as children sing counting songs.

Through music and movement children can develop coordination, aiding their physical and muscular development. They can explore small fine motor movements ie. Grasping and larger gross motor skills such as jumping, balance, stretching, and crawling

Children can use music and movement to express their feelings and emotions, they may not be able to convey in other ways. It can help them to learn acceptable outlets and relieve tension.

Music can give children the platform and opportunity to explore and create an imaginary world that stimulates their own creativity. ‘A box can become a drum, a stick can be transformed into a horn or here at Jungle Jiggle a boomwhacker can become a telescope for exploring on our Jungle Journey. The possibilities are endless…

We look forward to enhancing your child’s development through our interactive sessions…