Reviews and Testimonials

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.

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:

Infants' brains attuned to baby talk and nursery rhymes

Researchers in Cambridge believe that babies learn best when their brain waves are in sync with their parents'.

Singing to children may help development of language skills

New book claims that 'signature' melodies and inflections of traditional rhymes prepare children's brains for language

Musical play may boost understanding and long-term learning in babies

Study of nine-month-old children showed regular musically-based play sessions improved their ability to process speech sounds and rhythms

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
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 Co-Ordinator
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