Research reports

Mothers’ Songs in Daycare for Babies : Promoting Froebel and his Principles in the Baby Room Using Singing as a Tool for Co-Constructing Theory and Pedagogy for Babies’ Early Childhood Education and Care

Dr Sacha Powell and Dr Kathy Goouch


Research Centre for Children, Families and Communities, Canterbury Christ Church University


This project explored the nature and purposes of singing with babies (birth to two years), according to the practitioners who care for them in nursery settings. 29 ‘baby room’ practitioners from private day nurseries in southeast England were involved in a series of research-informed professional development sessions over the course of two academic years. Data consisted of field notes  documented during development session discussions; filmed practice in baby rooms and subsequent, recorded interviews and group discussions, aided by video recall; an online survey designed to audit singing repertoires and practices; and documentation in project folders that the practitioners created.





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