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The Importance of Nursery Rhymes

Nursery rhymes are important for young children because they help develop an ear for language, among other things. In fact there are many benefits for young children to learn nursery rhymes. 


Why should children learn and enjoy nursery rhymes together?

  • Reading nursery rhymes introduces children to storytelling and sequencing stories. 

  • Nursery rhymes boost language development and oral skills.

  • The short nature of nursery rhymes is perfect for children’s concentration and promotes a love of books and stories. 

  • Nursery rhymes introduce children to early literacy skills, such as repetition, listening for syllables and rhyming words. 

  • Nursery rhymes promote rhythm and movement often requiring actions and dance. 

  • Nursery rhymes promote a life-long love of literacy. 

  • Nursery rhymes promote social skills often being sung in a group or social circle. 


The Early Years Foundation Stage in the U.K sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. They have grouped the main areas of learning to be taught through games and play in schools and nurseries.

The areas of learning are:

  • communication and language

  • physical development

  • personal, social and emotional development

  • literacy

  • mathematics

  • understanding the world

  • expressive arts and design

All of these areas can be explored from an early age with the use of nursery rhymes as a valuable learning tool. Their value to children's language and learning foundation cannot be underestimated.


What are the best nursery rhymes?

The best and most loved nursery rhymes or toddlers are:

  • Ring A Ring A Roses.

  • Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

  • The Wheels On The Bus.

  • Incy Wincy Spider.

  • Old MacDonald.

  • 5 Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed.

  • This Is The Way The Lady Rides.

  • 5 Little Ducks Went Swimming One Day.

  • Frere Jacques


So, what are you waiting for? Singing is a fun and very simply learning tool. One that can help your child develop and grow into a curious and able learner!

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