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Emscote House Day Nursery children enjoy Mandarin lessons

Children from Emscote House Day Nursery in Leamington Spa have been putting their weekly Mandarin lessons to good use by singing songs in the native language as part of activities to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Ox.

At the Ofsted-rated ‘Outstanding’ Day Nursery on Warwick Place, pre-schoolers aged between three and four have been enjoying the focused lessons for the past two months thanks to their Nursery Practitioner, Kayen Wong, who is fluent in Mandarin and teaches the enthusiastic children basic words and phrases such as days of the week, colours, animals and names for family members.

As well as discovering animals of the zodiac and traditional customs as part of Chinese New Year festivities at the setting, children were delighted to learn the words to the ‘Hello’ song in Mandarin, before performing it as a group, as well as mastering how to wish each other a ‘Happy New Year’ in the language.

State of the art equipment and toys, including the ‘Mantra Lingua’ system which makes books, posters, stickers and cards in nursery ‘talk’, with the aid of special stickers and ‘pens’, is also available at Emscote House to more effectively support children with English as a second language, and introduce others to new languages.

Emscote House Day Nursery Practitioner, Kayen Wong explained;

“It has been a brilliant experience teaching the children Mandarin and they have taken to it with such ease. They learn predominantly through song and movement and we make sure to maintain these skills outside of our sessions by working the words and phrases into our everyday routines. Not only is learning a new language easier to master at a young age, but is proven to aid brain development, memory, speech and more.”

Mandarin is spoken by an estimated 1 billion world-wide.