Rhymetimes for babies and toddlers

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‘Rhymes are like rocket fuel for a child’s development’  The Reading Agency

What are Rhymetimes?

Rhymetimes are group activities for babies and toddlers from 0-3 years and their parents and carers.

They are fun, free, interactive sessions that last about 30 minutes and bring adults and children together in a safe and supportive environment. The sessions are informal learning opportunities that model and encourage the singing of songs and rhymes and the sharing of stories with young children and are a powerful learning source in the early years of literacy development.

What are the benefits?

  • Repetition of rhymes and singing supports language and literacy development
  • Children will take comfort from rhymes when they are repeated and become familiar
  • Rhymes are portable playthings – they can be sung or said any time, any place
  • Through rhymes, children naturally learn essential skills for communicating, such as turn-taking and joining in
  • Knowledge of rhymes helps children progress in reading once they start school, regardless of socio-economic background, general intelligence, or memory ability
  • The active role of the parent or guardian in the Rhymetime session has the potential to encourage home reading and thus increase the child’s exposure to language and stories

Who are they for?

They are for babies and toddlers aged up to three years and their parents and carers.

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Mon 23, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 23, May 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 24, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 24, May 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 27, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 27, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 30, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 30, May 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 31, May 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 31, May 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 3, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 3, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 6, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 6, Jun 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 7, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 7, Jun 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 10, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 10, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 13, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 13, Jun 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 14, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 14, Jun 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 17, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 17, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 20, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 20, Jun 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 21, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 21, Jun 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 24, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 24, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 27, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 27, Jun 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 28, Jun 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 28, Jun 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 1, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 1, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 4, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 4, Jul 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 5, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 5, Jul 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 8, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 8, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 11, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 11, Jul 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 12, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 12, Jul 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 15, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 15, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 18, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 18, Jul 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 19, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 19, Jul 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 22, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 22, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 25, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 25, Jul 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 26, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 26, Jul 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 29, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 29, Jul 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 1, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 1, Aug 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 2, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 2, Aug 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 5, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 5, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 8, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library
Mon 8, Aug 2022 2pm - 2:30pm Family Normanton Library
Tue 9, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Tue 9, Aug 2022 1:30pm - 2pm Family Alvaston Library
Fri 12, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Mickleover Library
Fri 12, Aug 2022 11am - 11:30am Family Riverside Library

For more information contact your local library or email childrens.services@derby.gov.uk

Songs and rhyme in your own time

For those times when you can’t attend our in-library Rhymetimes, our online Rhymetimes are a brilliant alternative. 

Created in 'lockdown' to ensure our children and families still had access to such an important child development resource, they are high-quality, fun videos produced in partnership with Derby Theatre.  Please try them – they are a really lovely way to spend quality time with your child.