News: Music Franchise Group offers support to the Hello Campaign
Rhythm Time, one of the UK’s fastest growing children’s music franchise groups for the under 5s, is proud to announce its support to the National Year of Communication’s Hello campaign.
This campaign aims to increase understanding of how important it is for children and young people to develop good communication skills.
According to the campaign’s statistics, in the UK today over 1 million children and young people have some form of speech, language and communication need.
Rhythm Time understands the importance of developing good communication skills in young children, as this is also an integral part of what it aims to achieve through its music classes. Music is crucial to a child's development as it develops both sides of their brain - the creative and the logical.
“Music is all about rhythm, shape, pattern and form - all these are also fundamental to speech and language development” says Kathy Doolan, Founder and Managing Director of Rhythm Time. “We were delighted when we were contacted by a representative of the Hello campaign at Birmingham Children’s Hospital, as they were interested in using some of our materials to help some of their young patients. The materials (including music cds and instruments) would be used to promote parent-child interaction, and open up opportunities for the development of speech, language and communication skills.”
“With minimal resources and funding, ideas are sometimes difficult to put into practice, so it is wonderful that we can offer support through donations of materials and other fundraising activities” adds Kathy.
Throughout its music franchise group, Rhythm Time has a set of unique courses that have been specifically written by Kathy (previously Head of Music at a Scottish school) and created to help a child’s confidence, creativity and co-ordination. The classes are aimed at different age groups, specifically: music classes for babies (from birth to 14 months), music classes for toddlers (15 months to 3 years), and music classes for pre-school (3 – 5 years). A child can show key signs of development at each stage, so it is highly beneficial to progress throughout all 3 age groups. Kathy is a strong advocate of music being crucial in helping to develop a child’s speech and language from an early age and this forms a key element in all the classes.
Since it started in 1995, Rhythm Time has grown significantly and its music franchise opportunities have now been taken up by 35 franchisees across the UK, enabling 9500 children across the UK to enjoy their fun and educational music classes.
“We very much look forward to supporting the Hello campaign and helping them to promote this extremely important area of work” adds Kathy.
For more information on its support for the Hello campaign, or to find out about a Rhythm Time music franchise throughout the UK, contact Kathy Doolan at Rhythm Time on 0121 711 4224 or visit their website at www.rhythmtime.net
Posted: 26th May 2011