Weekly sessions are full of songs and rhymes, actions, and movement, designed to engage you and your child. Not only will your tamariki/little ones be delighted by the one-to-one attention you give, but you’ll love the way they respond and develop. You’ll be creating memories together.
The structured 30-minute music session will be followed by 30-60 minutes of eat/play/chat. Kai/Snacks and refreshments will be served, followed by a time of unstructured play. At the same time, you’ll be able to connect with others.
“What’s really helped me from the group sessions was the realisation of the fact that every family has their share of tough times and issues. Being part of a group where most people are going through similar stages in their lives has really helped.”
Accept that initially (and quite possibly at other times) your tamaiti/child’s behaviour might not model what you had hoped. That’s okay. We all have off days! Feel free to ask for help from the local team. We all have these parenting moments.
Sometimes tamariki/children won’t fully participate, maybe observing for a while. That’s okay. We accept that tamariki will do this. Keep modelling your enjoyment and involvement in the session.
During the session, your tamaiti/child will be learning and developing; participating in the music, expressing their imagination, finding enjoyment in the educational moments, laughing at the puppets and participating in group activities. Your little one will enjoy this sensory event. Key will be your experience of attachment, the lasting emotional bond a child forms with a specific person that provides safety, comfort, soothing and pleasure.
The qualities of our emotional ‘intelligence’ are permanently acquired by only 2-3 years of age yet impacts on every aspect of our lives as long as we live. Enjoy these opportunities to spend time together.
The local team of volunteers are there to care for and encourage you. Many churches have access to other support, like counselling, kai/meals, and babysitting. Their focus is for you to find friendship, be encouraged and for mainly music to become a highlight in your week.