What The Experts Say!

Parents...

Don't just take our word for it, have a look at what some parents say.  Here are a few testimonials from some grownups who have attended our sessions and who have booked us to entertain at their children's birthday parties.

My Grand-daughter Betty and I attended Rag Dolly sessions in Shenley Brook End for 18 months. She was six months old when we started. We both loved the sessions and I didn't feel at all out of place being her Granny rather than her Mummy. In fact I made friends with other Mummies. Betty learnt the words and actions to all the songs and we sing them in the car with great gusto. Passers by must wonder what's going on when we scream for the crocodile in "row row row your boat". I miss our sessions at Rag Dollies now Betty goes to nursery.

Jo - Milton Keynes

This is fantastic entertainment! I do enjoy going to some of the weekly groups so when I found out they did parties too I didn't think twice! Jenny is amazing, love the sing a long and all the props, also the personalised schedule and song choices! I also like the fact that it is a bit different every week and that she sings and dances to engage parents and kids! Our party was amazing and she was definitely up to the challenge of keeping 14 hungry and sleepy one year olds entertained for an hour! I would definitely recommend her. Thank you :) x

Thais - South Beds

My little boys loves Jenny and often talks about her. Thanks for being so lovely Jen!

Rebekah - South Beds

A fantastic session with Anna at Shenley Brook End..... very busy as it was half term but Anna did a fantastic job of controlling the big kiddies around the littler babies. My little girl smiled, laughed and was dancing along to the music, especially Uptown Funk - I'll be back!

Vanessa - Milton Keynes

Jenny is a legend.... the whole family including Nana loves Ragdolly Annas. Great entertainment for all ages.

Nadine - South Beds

Just wanted to a big Thank you, to Rag Dolls for an amazing afternoon at Caitlyns 1st birthday party. We had such a lovely time! Xx

Sarah - Milton Keynes

Anna came and entertained 20 children aged between 2 and 6 for my daughter's 6th birthday party and she did a fantastic job, they loved the mix of singing, dancing and playing games, especially where they had a chance to wrap Daddy, Grandad and Uncle up in toilet roll! Thank you x

Helen - Milton Keynes

Educational...

Don't just take our word for it, see what the experts say about the importance of music and rhyme in children's early years...

Music and Rhyme is such a powerful way to encourage learning with a child and the learning starts from day 1, even before a child has honoured you with their first smile!  Our aim is not only encourage the learning within our sessions but to also provide parents and carers with the tools and understanding to continue the learning at home through music and rhyme.

Ragdolly Annas sessions are designed to meet the physical, emotional, social and language development needs of children through sessions that they attend with their parents/carers.  These areas have all been highlighted by the Department for Education in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) (EYFS).

All our sessions are carefully designed to ensure that every song and rhyme choice is linked directly to a learning outcome.

Here are a few examples from the experts about why music and rhyme is so important:-

As a Service Provider

Ragdolly Annas work in partnership with Children's Centres, other Preschool and with Macintyre settings to ensure that the service we provide meets with their requirements to support their own objectives.

For more details on what we can offer click here.

Don't just take our word for it, here is some feedback explaining why Ragdolly Annas are also a great service provider choice...

Ragdolly Annas have a high level of understanding of the Children's Centre Agenda, so partnership working is easier. They are happy to promote other CC services and encourage registrations whilst being flexible in delivery of sessions to accommodate the needs of individual Centres. They are professional, reliable and exceptionally well organised and provide good value for money. Their service meets Core Purpose: Child Development/School Readiness and Health and Family Wellbeing. They are happy to adapt session plans to fit in with individual Centre's planning. They are excellent for outreach, as willing to do registrations and attendance sheets.

Jane Webb, Children's Centre Co-Ordinator from the Little Owls Centre at Oxley Park, Milton Keynes

The Ragdolly Anna's have been fully flexible in their approach with the people we support. They have tailor made session plans for us which truly fits in with our ethos and our curriculum. The feedback sent each week is brilliant and so useful to use for evidence. The learners are so engaged in the sessions and really enjoy them.

Beth Payne, Programme Coordinator, No Limits, Milton Keynes, MacIntyre

We have had the pleasure of knowing Jenny through Ragdolly Annas for the last year. We first experienced her bundles of energy and gusto at a Sure Start Children's Centre session held on our pre-school premises.

We were so captivated by her enthusiasm and interaction with the children and their parents that we asked her if she would be kind enough to offer our pre-school children a similar experience.

Prior to her arrival, Jenny discussed with us any specific topics we would like her to cover as she would adapt each session to meet our requirements. Jenny provided us with a session plan of how each song and rhyme is linked directly to a learning outcome in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

The children were so excited and eager to learn the new songs that she introduced to them during our first session, using a wonderful array of musical instruments and props. They did not want the session to end. We had a tremendous amount of positive feedback from parents whose children had enjoyed Ragdolly Annas, many of whom asked when she would be visiting again.

Following this fantastic musical adventure Jenny has now become a regular visitor to our pre-school and we would highly recommend her to provide any setting or parent group with a fun-filled learning experience full of energy, excitement and cheerfulness.

Jane Dunn, Cranfield Pre-School Manager