Swinton Moorside Children's Centre in Salford runs a group with eightchildren, aged six weeks to 14 months. The sessions are based on theBaby Moves kit developed by Dance in a Bag, a creative play productcompany run by creative therapist Sue Sutherland and educationalmovement specialist Olwyn Maurer.
Ms Sutherland said, 'We realised how little there was forbirth-to-three. We had attended exhibitions, seen research about braindevelopment and picked up that it wasn't really filtering down to thenurseries.
'One product is Wiggle Sticks, a soft-handled stick with a nine-inchribbon. The children are mesmerised by it. We're suggesting that readingis a visual activity as well as a cognitive one. It lays down afoundation for future literacy.'
Centre manager at Swinton, Nicola Ramsden, said, 'The session brings inhand-eye co-ordination, imagination, and everyone is involved in theirown way, even a six-week-old.'
- See www.danceinabag.org.uk.