Children North East is bringing baby discos to Newcastle so that mums and dads can enjoy bonding with their little ones through music.

Thanks to £100,000 worth of funding from Youth Music, we're providing free ‘Boogie Bairns’, ‘Baby Social’ and sensory play sessions for parents and their babies at four venues around the city.

And they’re proving a huge hit with newborns, toddlers and their carers alike.

Kimberley Bain, whose post as project co-ordinator with Children North East has been funded through the grant, believes boogying with baby really aids the bonding process.

She runs six free sessions per week for parents and their little ones with the help of student social workers and volunteers.

 “We're really grateful to the support both Children North East and Youth Music receive from players of People's Postcode Lottery that enables this work. Music is a fantastic way for care-givers to begin to communicate and build a loving relationship with their babies,” Kimberley says.

Research has found that musical experiences in childhood can actually accelerate brain development, particularly in the areas of language acquisition and reading skills.

During the musical relationship sessions, we sing songs together, play with musical instruments and play peek-a-boo games that can help in building expectations and synchronisation between parent and child. Parents also get to meet other parents as well – the sessions are a lot of fun.

One parent attending the Lemington group said: “It’s amazing how the children respond to actions and song. I love seeing the babies with the sensory lighting.”

Jan Mares, grants and learning officer at the Youth Music charity added: “We are delighted to support this work which will provide a strong base for children’s individual musical journeys, and bring additional benefits for babies, toddlers and their families.”

The sessions run at Lemington Resource Centre; the Carnegie Building in Benwell; Cowgate Community Centre and Woodlands, Heaton.

Any parents wishing to find out more about the classes should contact Kimberley by email: [email protected] or alternatively on 01912727824