The Songbirds programme is a music-based mother and child group project for mothers and their pre-school children in crèche settings that aims to promote mother-child relationships and group social skills

The programme promotes positive individual mother and child relationships and also enhances the development of each individual child. Songbirdsgroups promote children’s social skills through such activities as sharing, turn taking and talking or singing in the group. Songbirds groups also promote greater social cohesion amongst the mothers who share their parenting experiences through modelling and observing other positive mother-child interactions.

Aims of the Songbirds Programme:

The aim of the Songbirds Programme is to enhance parent-child relationships and help in children’s emotional development.

The Objectives are:

  • promote greater closer parent and child attachment
  • parenting experiences an enjoyable group experience through music and play
  • child interactions promote children’s development in areas such as language, social skills and turn taking
  • To promote closer community cohesion through encouraging positive group interaction

The desired outcomes of the programme are directly linked to realising the above objectives.

Programme Structure

Songbirds usually takes place in pre-schools and community creches.

Songbirds groups are made up of up to 6 parent and child couples (12 adults and 12 children in total), who attend an introductory week followed by 6 weekly group sessions.

Depending on the demand, more than one group is formed.

Each group session is held at the same time and the same day of the week and runs consecutively over the course of seven weeks.

Each group session includes:

  • set up
  • 45 minutes of musical activities
  • closure

Programme Facilitators:

The Songbirds groups are facilitated by a qualified and experienced Music Therapist, who will be accompanied by a qualified music or play Therapist.