Through our role in Birmingham Forward Steps, The Springfield Project has been leading the Birmingham Early Years Music Consortium, which brings together partners from across the Early Years sector with professional music organisations.
In 2019, the Consortium was thrilled to be awarded a grant from Youth Music to deliver the Sounds of Play project which ended in March 2022. This project brought the Early Years and Music workforces together to learn from each other, to develop high quality Early Years Music practice across the city and to deliver music activities to children under 5 and their families.
Over the two years of the Sounds of Play project across Birmingham:
- 816 children and young people took part in music making activities
- 88 group sessions for children and families were delivered
- 59 professional development sessions for the workforce took place
- 449 staff or volunteers (Early Years and Music) took part in professional development sessions
We are enormously proud of this project and are leading the Consortium in its application for funding for a second phase. You can download a summary of the evaluation of the project here.