Creative Futures website

I CAN website – for information about training, evidence, programmes and specialist assessment

The Communication Trust website – for information and free, practical downloadable resources

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Bercow 10 website - For information specifically for schools on raising awareness of SLCN

The Hanen Centre website – for information about “It Takes Two to Talk” and other Hanen programmes, as well as information and research about children’s language development

Intensive Interaction website – for information about the Intensive Interaction approach

NAPLIC website - for up to date evidence and research on DLD

RADLD website - for videos, information and evidence on Developmental Language Disorder (DLD)

Talking Point website – for more information about SLCN, resources, factsheets

What Works website - a moderated online library of evidenced interventions that aim to support children's speech, language and communication

Universally Speaking – information on the ages and stages of children’s speech, language and communication development

CREC Research Centre running an MA and CME in early years music

Development Matters – non-statutory guidance material to support practitioners implementing the statutory requirements of the EYFS

Dr Nina Kraus’ work on the benefits of music on the brain and learning – on the Music Education Works website

LEYMN – London Early Years Music Network

Magic Acorns – developing co-creative processes between artists, educators and very young children in the east of England

MERYC – Music  Educators and Researchers of Young Children

Musical Development Matters - Brand-new early years music guidance document with an accompanying online resource

Noteweavers – developing a community of learning in early music in north west England

NYMAZ – North Yorkshire early years music network

SaLTMusic – action research project exploring shared practice between speech and language therapy and early years’ music practitioners

TakeArt Soundwaves network – early childhood music education programme in south west England

Tune into listening resource – online resource developed by Nicola Burke following a yearlong action research project investigating the effective use of recorded music in early years settings

Youth Music Network – information on developing music practice in early years settings, and explanations of some musical terms
Inspire Music Case Studies

Soundwaves Extra

Magic Adventure

Sound Connections - a film created by the London Early Years Music Network to support those working in music with 3-5-year-olds

Harmer, A. (2011). Child initiated musical play in Dens. Retrieved from:    

Pitt, J., & Arculus, C. (2018). SALTMusic research report. Retrieved from Youth Music Network website:

  Young, S. (2003). Music with the under-fours. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.   Young, S. (2018). Critical new perspectives in early childhood music: young children engaging and learning through music. Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge.
101 Rhythm Instrument Activities for Young Children - Abigail Flesch Connors

Bobby Shaftoe Clap Your Hands: Musical fun with new songs from old favoritesby Sue Nicholls

Let’s Go Shoolie-Shooe – Helen MacGregor & Bobbie Gargrave

Let's Go Zudie-O – Helen MacGregor & Bobbie Gargrave

Playsongs – Sheena Roberts

Lively Time Playsongs - Sheena Roberts

Sleepy Time Playsongs – Sheena Roberts

Singing Games and Rhymes for Early Years - Lucinda Geoghegan

Singing Games and Rhymes for Tiny Tots - Lucinda Geoghegan

Voiceplay – Linda Bance and Alison Street

Baxter, A. (2017). ‘How are music and language linked?’, Pacey blog, 6 July. Retrieved from:

Blank, M., Rose, S., Berlin, L. (1978). The language of learning: The preschool years. New York: Grune & Stratton.

Burke, N. (2016). Tune into Listening. Available at:  [Last accessed 18 June 2019]

 Burke, N. (2018). Musical Development Matters. Available at [Last accessed 18 June 2019]

Burke, N., & Power, T., (2014). Sound Connections action research reports: Enabling musical environments. Retrieved from Sound Connections website:

Collins, A. (2015) ‘Music education key to raising literacy and numeracy standards’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 6 June. Retrieved from:

Fairchild, N., & Karousou, R. (2013). An evaluation of the Boogie Mites early years music education programmes in respect of parents and practitioners. Retrieved from the Boogie Mites website:

Greenhalgh, Z. (2018). Music and Singing in the Early Years, A Guide to Singing with Young Children. Abingdon Oxon: Routledge.

Groß, W., Linden, U., & Ostermann, T. (2010). Effects of music therapy in the treatment of children with delayed speech development results of a pilot study. The official journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). 10 (39). Retrieved from:

Hallam, S. (2010). The power of music: Its impact on the intellectual, social and personal development of children and young people. International Journal of Music Education. 28. 269-289. Retrieved from:

Knight, J. , Stansall, V. , Bowmer, A., Mason, K., Voyajolu, A., Ockelford, A., & Welch, G. (2017). Music for Change 2015-18. Retrieved from:

Johnston, J. (2007). Thinking about child language: Research to practice. Austin: Pro-Ed.

Moog, H., (1976). The Musical Experience of the Pre-school Child. Translated by Claudia Clarke. London: Schott.

Ockelford, A. (2019). Sounds of intent in the early years: Research and dissemination project 2015-2018. Retrieved from the Soundabout website:

Parlakian, R. and Lerner, C. (2010). “Beyond Twinkle, Twinkle: Using Music with Infants and Toddlers.” Young Children. 65 (2): 14–19.

Sims, W.L. (1990) “Sound Approaches to Elementary Music Listening.” Music Educators Journal, 77, (4), pp.38-42

Young, S., (2009) Music 3-5 (The Nursery World / Routledge Essential Guides for Early Years Practitioners) Abingdon: Routledge

Pitt, J., & Arculus, C. (2018). SALTMusic research report. Retrieved from Priory Centre website:

Some pieces of music that we’ve enjoyed using over the project to get you started!