Blackpool Music Service, in partnership with Youth Music, runs an exciting project aimed at Blackpool’s youngest children.
Tiddly-Om-Pom-Poms, delivers free, high quality music making sessions in several Children’s Centres in Blackpool.
Research indicates that there are many benefits of early years music-making including developments in phonological awareness, improved reading and language skills and parent-child communication. Programme manager Mrs Catherine Anderton has timetabled weekly sessions in several Blackpool Children’s Centres. The first session specifically targets pre-school age children already attending the Nursery facilities within the Children’s Centre setting. Music Leaders working alongside existing staff will deliver musical activities which will promote and encourage the development of basic musical skills and enable the children to foster an early enjoyment and appreciation of music.
Families registered with any of Blackpool's Children's Centres where Tiddly-Om-Pom-Poms is timetabled, are invited to attend the second Tiddly-Om-Pom-Poms session. These weekly sessions are specifically aimed at carers and their children with the aim of developing the musical skills of both the carer and the child through fun, practical activities. Blackpool's Music Adviser, Mr Andrew White, confirmed that "the £30,000 from Youth Music was a welcomed financial boost to enhance the aspirations of Blackpool Music Service. This grant will ensure that we deliver music into many Children's Centres and Schools within Blackpool, from babies aged from 6 months to adults at 19 years of age. This is such an exciting challenge and one which will bring enjoyment to hundreds of young children, staff and parents".
For further information regarding session times and venues, please contact Blackpool Music Service on 01253 476767 or alternatively, contact your local Children’s Centre.