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Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Project

A series of fun, engaging videos of families with children under the age of five performing Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in languages spoken in their home. Produced to engage more families in singing with their children.

This programme was designed to link in with Kirklees’ wider ambitions to encourage communities’ involvement in music across Kirklees with families from a wide variety of ethnic backgrounds. To improve family’s awareness of the importance of music in early language development and the offers that are available from Kirklees Libraries and Early Years settings. This is the first in a series of projects to promote the benefits of music to families in the lead up to the Year of Music 2023.

Even though Kirklees Libraries are temporarily closed due to Covid-19, our Libraries continue to provide a service with online activity, giving residents activities to try whilst they stay at home. The Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes project contributes to this.

“Singing and sharing rhymes with babies and children is such an important part of their early development. Kirklees Libraries have been supporting families for many years through our regular story times and rhyme times. But after watching these joyful and inspiring films of Kirklees families singing Heads, shoulders, knees and toes together, I’ve been reminded just how much fun it can be as well! Now, here’s the challenge – we all know Heads, shoulders, knees and toes, but can you sing it in Urdu or Mandarin?  Let’s learn together and learn from the safety of our own home.” Cllr Graham Turner, Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy with responsibility for Libraries.

Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes is a project funded by Kirklees Council’s Libraries and Early Years Outcomes in partnership with the Creative Development Team. Filming took place at Batley Library, The Greenwood Centre and The Chestnut Centre.