create developmental programmes for babies and young children
using the medium of specially created sound systems, sound effects, music and song;
much like an interactive musical for very young ones
With eyes wide open children explore their world, showing genuine curiosity in everything that happens around them.
Reggio Emilia believed that children should have opportunities to explore via sensory experiences and should be able to express themselves in many ways. The Reggio learning environment is creative and offers beautiful spaces playing with light, mirrors, transparency, colours, textures to name a few. Building on this theory we looked at how we could offer portable wonderlands using practical, yet unusual props to support our themes, stories and characters. Our continuous specialist backing tracks offer every class or production; moods, wonder and awe. Our soundtracks also play with energies; certain aspects being taken from music therapy.
Babies and young children need activities and play to engage their senses. Activities that engage the senses help develop cognitive thinking skills and promote active learning that is fun, encourages bonding and stimulates growth and development.
has always worked using the medium of multi-sensory stimulation, by creating a backdrop of contemporary and high quality music and sounds to emote; along with unusual and playful props, creative movement and puppetry to generate a theatre for our young sensory explorers.
Research has shown that babies and young children (under 5 years of age) develop at a rapid rate, with many studies stating that the first 3 years of a child’s life are the all-important formative years, whereby he or she will lay down the foundations for his or her future. Working closely with the little folk, we know how incredibly clever they are, how they watch intently, play and explore using deep levels of concentration and how their growth and development is rapid and ever changing.
Curriculum and Pedagogy
All programmes have been structured around the four key areas of learning and development taken from the EYFS framework
A Unique Child
Learning and Development
| supports and promotes The National Literacy Trust
Our in-depth programmes have taken many years to construct (in situ with children and their families/carers) and have taken shape by drawing influence from early years pioneering educators such as; Jean Piaget
, Rudolph Steiner
and Lev Vygotsky
All programmes include an opportunity to play with sound:
Voice sounds, rhythms, rhymes, chants and raps, body percussion, environmental sounds, instrumental sounds, alliteration (repetition of a particular sound), oral blending and segmenting (teaching children to string together sounds to make words and to break a word into its separate sounds pi-an-o)
In order for children to start their reading journey they need to
be able to really hear and distinguish between sounds. At Hartbeeps we
use our specialist sound play techniques to attract each child’s
attention so that they may tune in and start to discriminate between;
sounds made by a human voice, an instrument, natural objects, sound
effects taken from both the natural environment and their man made world
around them. Many of these symbolic noises are introduced before spoken
language so that children can focus on sounds without having to
The addition of repetitive singing of simple two or three word sentences in our older baby and then toddler programmes form a dynamic exercise for auditory memory development.
Speech and language therapists and early years teachers have
commended the Hartbeeps programme for its targeted and original approach
to language development.
The art of play... "Do you believe in fairies? If you believe," he [Peter] shouted "clap your hands”
Part of our teaching role is to offer adults an insight into the importance of play, not simply as a medium (albeit a vital medium) for their child's learning and development, but also to encourage parents and carers to embrace and relax into the art of play. By nature we are born to play, playing is instinctive and fundamental to our existence, through play we can connect with other human beings and to sources of energy and excitement within ourselves. Play also provides us with a sense of calmness and relaxation, as well as a source of stimulation for the brain and body. It helps us be more inventive, smart, happy, flexible, and resilient and is a sure (and fun) way to develop your imagination, creativity, problem-solving abilities and mental well-being.
Hartbeeps programmes offer an ever changing world of imaginative play and themes, inspired by the great children's writers of our time such as Walt Disney, Doctor Seuss and Roald Dahl along with playful musical compositions such as Sergei Prokofiev's
Peter and the Wolf and Tubby the Tuba
by Paul Tripp and George Kleinsinger.