Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based programme profiles

Sing&Grow

Name

Sing&Grow

Target audience

Infants (0-2 years)
Early childhood (3-5 years)
Parents
At-risk or vulnerable

CfC Objective

Supporting Families and Parents
Early Learning and Care

Organisation

Sing&Grow Australia, Playgroup Queensland

Delivery Setting

Community-based

Description

Sing&Grow provides a learning and therapeutic opportunity for families through structured music-based activities which aim to support positive family relationships and build effective parenting skills.

Delivered to

At-risk children aged 0-3 and their parents including families and children with a disability; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander; young parents; children and parents involved with the child protection system; incarcerated mothers; families where substance abuse is present; refugee status; single parents; socially isolated parents; low socio-economic status.

Delivered by

Trained music therapists

Program Structure

8 weekly 1 hour sessions are delivered in community settings and early childhood facilities. Other flexible service delivery options are also available according to community needs.

Training

Trained music therapists deliver the program across Australia in partnership with host organisations. To become a host organisation, contact Sing&Grow.

Cost

Contact the organisation for information about pricing.

Contact

Phone: (02) 9453 2845
Email: info@singandgrow.org
Website: http://singandgrow.org/sing-grow-for-organisations-professionals/

Evaluation and effectiveness

Pre and post design evaluation in 2012-13 found an increase in parents:

  • Knowledge of using music to support parenting (i.e. to stimulate child development, to manage behaviour, to soothe and calm child)
  • Confidence to use music with children
  • Use of music with children in the home
  • General play or activities with children in the home
  • Feelings of trust in support staff from collaborating agencies
  • Knowledge of where to find, and confidence to seek, future family support.

(http://singandgrow.org/research-resources/)

The program is currently under evaluation in Victoria.