The ‘Music Time’ groups at Linton Lane community centre marked World Down Syndrome Day by wearing odd socks and fundraising for ‘Ups and Downs’- the local Down Syndrome Support Group in Fife.
The children also received their certificates as this was the final session of the 10 week programme.
‘Music Time’ is a pilot initiative run by Scotland’s only music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, in conjunction with Fife Council Family Support Services.
The project has been fully funded by the Cattenach Trust.
Two groups ran and were attended regularly by 25 children, and their mums, dads, grandparents or childminders.
The aim of ‘Music Time’ is to encourage families to sing and play musical games at home and to meet together in their local communities.
Singing and playing musical games enables parents to create and share enjoyable experiences with their children, which in turn allows children to develop communication, physical, social and emotional skills.
Research confirms that supporting children in their first years of life has the greatest long term effect on their development and personal well-being.
In ‘Music Time’, families have enjoyed singing nursery rhymes, playing instruments, joining in with action songs, movement and dancing.
The groups were open to all families with children 0-3 years in the Valley area of Kirkcaldy.
The next programme starts at Pathhead Primary after the Easter Holidays.