Two popular projects run by The Children’s Centre have received a welcome boost from a Castletown-based business. Friends Provident International has announced it is continuing to provide funding for the Action, Songs and Rhymes pre-school activity programme, and for the recording of audio CDs used in the Story Sacks project. The company’s support for The Children’s Centre’s community projects began in 2008.
Thanks to sponsorship, Action, Songs and Rhymes sessions are provided free of charge to allow babies and toddlers to learn and develop by listening to nursery rhymes and singing songs. Through music and movement, parents play and interact with their children to develop communication and motor skills. The children enjoy the stimulation which helps to build their social and emotional faculties at a time when their brains are developing more rapidly than at any other time. Children can take part in Action, Songs and Rhymes sessions from when they are just a few weeks old up to the age of three, and staff from the charity’s Community Development Team travel around the Island during term time delivering weekly sessions for pre-school children in Douglas, Sulby, Peel, Ramsey, Ballasalla, Laxey and Port Erin.
Story Sacks provide a fun way to develop a range of skills in young children including maths, language and literacy, and communication. Each Story Sack contains fiction and non-fiction books; a spoken word CD which tells the stories in both books; toys which help to illustrate the stories; and a crib sheet explaining to parents or carers how to best use the Story Sack. The idea is that parents read the books with their children, and explore its contents using the toys and audio recording to bring the stories alive. The Story Sacks also help parents and carers who are not confident readers.
Funding from Friends Provident International will cover the costs of running the Action, Songs and Rhymes sessions for a year. Several of the company’s employees, including Friends Provident International’s General Manger Caroline Cornish, volunteered to read aloud the Story Sack books which were then recorded onto audio CDs.
General Manager of Friends Provident International’s Isle of Man operation, Caroline Cornish commented:
“I am very passionate about supporting community and charitable causes. The Children’s Centre does a lot of amazing work on the Island and I am honoured that Friends Provident International is able to support them not only financially but also through volunteering for great initiatives like Story Sacks.”
Juana Warburton, Development Manager at The Children’s Centre, said:
“We are extremely grateful to Friends Provident International for their continued support that is helping two very popular projects. They make a real difference to the development of the children who attend the sessions.”
For more information about Actions, Songs and Rhymes and Story Sacks go to the Community What’s On pages of www.thechildrenscentre.org.im or contact Jo Jackson on email@example.com