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Sing & Learn: Train & Lead 



Musiko Musika is being funded by the Education Endowment Foundation to develop and deliver Sing & Learn: Train and Lead, a training and implementation development programme for nurseries. The project will be delivered in collaboration with East of England Early-Years Stronger Practice Hub. We are looking for 12 early years settings working with 2-4 year olds located in Ipswich and Peterborough to use Sing & Learn: Train and Lead and provide feedback for future development. The delivery phase will run from September 2023 to January 2024.

What is it all about?


Sing & Learn is a highly engaging music-based approach to support children’s communication and language skills. The programme works primarily as a universal approach for all children to receive through adult-led group sessions, with targeted small groups for children who would benefit from additional support. 


Building on the way in which songs and singing are regularly embedded in daily routines, nursery practitioners will engage children in stories, rhymes and role play, harnessing that time and routine activity to deliver targeted improvements to the area of Communication and Language. The programme includes high quality digital resources for use in nurseries and the free Sing & Learn app for parents/carers to use at home, promoting and supporting the continuation of language development at home. Family engagement sessions will build on this holistic approach. 

An evidence-informed approach to enable children, particularly those identified as having poorly developed communication and language skills to attain sufficient level to engage appropriately in the curriculum and learning opportunities in the reception class (on entering primary school) 

The programme has been designed by drawing on high-quality evidence and the expertise of the team at Musiko Musika and our partner Dr Mabel Encinas of London Metropolitan University and is based on work Musiko Musika has been developing and delivering with schools, nurseries and early years settings focussed on language and communication development since 2014.

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We hope the programme will provide: 

Amongst practitioners - 

• Practitioners will have the confidence and motivation to deliver the songs and activities
(and adapt them to their children and setting and embed them in their practice). And will understand how the programme improves children’s language & communication through music. 


Amongst children - 

• Children will be able to successfully engage verbally with peers and adults; they will have improved their listening, attention and understanding and have confidence to communicate their ideas and feelings. 

Settings that deliver the programme and complete the required feedback will receive a thank you payment of £2,000 for their involvement. 

Further information:

  • You can read further details here including what the programme will involve and how settings will be supported to deliver the programme.


  • Book to attend an informational webinar on 15th June (see Next Steps below for the registration links).



  • Watch the recruitment video.

Next steps:

Complete the online Expression of Interest Form to let us know you are interested in this opportunity.

Please note that we will commence review and follow up of the Expression of Interest Forms as soon as they are received. The last date on which one can be submitted will be Monday 26th June 2023.

Recording of webinar 15-6-23 

This gives an overview of the key elements of the programme for interested nurseries

(length approx. 11 mins)

If you have any questions please contact us:

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