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Ofsted recommend more time for nursery rhymes in early years settings

In their Early Years Inspection Handbook (May 19), Ofsted will be asking Inspectors to consider how much time is dedicated to the singing of nursery rhymes. The handbook states:

When observing interactions between staff and children, inspectors should consider how well staff:

engage in dialogue with children 

watch, listen and respond to children model language well 

read aloud and tell stories to children 

encourage children to sing songs, nursery rhymes and musical games