Move, Explore, Create Move, Explore, Create is a program run in conjunction with childcare, long day-care centres or other early intervention services. It is inclusive of children with special needs and includes professional development workshops for parents, carers and staff.With the knowledge that children are very receptive to music, we focus on getting children moving, exploring and creating! Whether it’s singing, drumming, playing instruments or dancing, children will discover and play while creating their own learning experience!We offer two types of Move, Explore, Create; MEC for children (MEC-MUSIC) and MEC for educators (MECpro). MEC-MUSIC for Children This 10-week inclusive program consists of interactive activities using live music to promote developmental and social skills. Activities incorporate a variety of musical experiences such as singing, drumming, playing instruments and movement to encourage all aspects of child development, summarised below: Move Development of gross and fine motor skills Spatial awareness Co-ordination of the left and right brain hemispheres Sensory integration through playing a variety of musical instruments Explore Development of social skills Enrich cognitive and problem-solving skills Fostering emotional intelligence Building independence and resilience Create Lively and cognitively stimulating experiences within a group setting Social skills learnt through call & response and turn-taking whilst developing speech and language skills Self-regulation and cognition skills are enhanced through playing music in different ways: loud & soft, fast & slow, up high & down low Each session lasts for 30 minutes. The group caters for 6-10 children accompanied by their educator (note, this program is inclusive of children with special needs). MECmusic is structured over a 10 week period, outlined below:Week 1-5 - MECmusic program is run by a music therapistWeek 6 - Professional Development Workshop is provided for educators to build capacity and confidence in planning, organising and facilitating music activities Week 7-10 - Educators coordinate music with assistance and feedback from the music therapist. Evaluation of MEC for children (MECmusic)Program outcomes are evaluated using pre and post behavioural assessments on each participating child. Outcomes measured include the child’s emotional regulation independence interaction with adults interaction with other children listening skills participation in other centre activities physical engagement and self-confidence Assessments are easy to use and completed by the Centre Director and/or educators then analysed by NORO staff.