Root Notes was set up by soundLINCS for Birth to Five. The project works within Early Years Settings to provide a tailored programme of Professional Development that increases the relevance and impact of creative music making for children, practitioners and the setting. Unlike soundLINCS’ other Early Years projects, this is specifically designed to work with the Practitioners rather than the children.
Root Notes is unique in that each setting receives a ‘Bespoke’ project, where aims and objectives are created in conjunction with the staff and are designed with the needs and desires of each individual setting in mind, focusing on areas like confidence building, creative music provision and cross curricular links.
Practitioners will also discuss with their Music Facilitator a project or need specific to their setting, such as improving eating habits at lunch time and calming children before story time.
Root Notes is supported by 2 key resources. The first is a diary-style journal which involves the agreed objectives and provides journal spaces to document the week-by-week developments in the setting. The book has been designed to allow written and / or photographic evidence.
The second resource is the ‘Root Notes Tree’ – a poster presented to the setting at the beginning of the project and to be used to display the achievements and progress that they make.
Root Notes is funded by the Birth to Five Service.