Apprentice Javed’s Mark Making Song Inspires Nursery Children

A childcare practitioner from Greater Manchester is making a big impression on the lives of the small children he cares for after he wrote a song for them about mark making.

22-year-old Javed Haris from Urmston is currently an apprentice at The Village Nursery in Trafford. Passionate about music, he wanted to create something meaningful and fun to engage the children and decided to use his musical talents to write and compose the song.

Javed encourages the children he looks after to express themselves freely through mark making which is a visible way for children to tell stories and express feelings – and sometimes it is just an outlet for pure enjoyment.

He was taken back by the children’s reactions to the song which he sings on a regular basis. “They get really excited when they see my ukulele; if I haven’t got it out they go and find it and ask me to play the song. I’m already working on the next one!”

Javed attends weekly training with Total People in Northenden, Manchester where he has gained a broad understanding about the early years foundation stage.

“I love the direction I am heading in now I have found something that I enjoy. I see my apprenticeship as a great building block for my career. I’m not learning through paper but by interacting with the children on a daily basis. Their behaviour and the way they respond to me is the best way I could ever learn and my family are super proud of what I have achieved so far.” said Javed.

Javed’s trainer, Sarah Buksh, has been impressed with his enthusiasm and passion for his chosen industry.
“It is fantastic to see him thriving in what is a traditionally female dominated industry to work in. He is very engaging and bright and we need more male role models like Javed in our nurseries and pre-schools,” said Sarah.

Javed will soon complete his Level 2 qualification and aims to progress onto his Level 3 in the coming months.