Sing n Sprout launch in NZ

WELCOMING: Lots of fun to be had at Friday’s Sing n Sprout programme for mums and bubs at ECW. Photo supplied.

A new playgroup for mums and bubs at East City Wesleyan Church is offering a music, motion and memory programme designed for young children.

Sing n Sprout originated in America, and now California-born Rebecca Bowlin is launching the programme in New Zealand through ECW.

The programme runs on Friday mornings, starting at 9:30am with playtime, followed by mat time with music, morning-tea and an age-appropriate craft activity.

Mrs Bowlin said the volunteer-driven programme is a great opportunity for kids to learn in a fun, interactive way while mothers get a break to socialise.

“Sometimes it’s as much for the mums to socialise as it is for the kids… it’s a good supplement to kindy for kids who go there on other days of the week too. Because it’s both educational and fun, we’re teaching them as they play, and it’s really great for infants and newborns to hear music.”

Parent Kate Milbank said it’s the perfect group for her little 10-month-old, and admitted she even sacrifices nap time to be there.

“A lot of places you worry about whether they’re too young, but she just loves it here.

“Everything has a purpose, so as a mum, you know it’s not just a fun sing-a-long, but you’re helping them to develop skills at the same time.

“Mums are always looking for somewhere to go to just chill out where it’s not too cliquey, so it’s just lovely here.”

Burswood resident Jo McWilliams agreed it was nice to feel “so welcomed” at the programme.

Sing n Sprout is suitable for newborns and children up to 5 years old.