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Things That Go Bump… is a participatory programme for nursery and reception children, which explores the complex area of feelings and emotions. It is widely recognised that emotional development is a crucial building block in a child’s first years in education.

Between the ages of three and six children commonly share a fear of things like the dark, of imaginary monsters and fear of separation from a guardian or parent. It is an important part of a child’s emotional development to have the opportunity to explore their feelings in a safe environment. They need creative and play opportunities that give them the chance to explore, develop and share experiences that make sense of the world they live in.

The programme has been developed in order to give children the opportunity to contemplate what might be – in other words, to pretend. Things That Go Bump… will encourage them to use their imaginations aurally, visually and physically.

Things That Go Bump… has been devised using story, play and a variety of exciting multi-sensory objects and materials and gives the children who take part the opportunity to develop their own imaginative play skills and emotional literacy.

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