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Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards: the Rhymetime Award

As part of our Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards, we asked you to tell us what makes your local Bookstart Rhymetime special. You responded in your hundreds with fantastic nominations recognising the amazing work being done by professionals across the country.

Nominations for the Bookstart Rhymetime Award have now closed, and a we'd like to say a huge 'Thank you' to everyone who took the time to share their Rhymetime experiences and celebrate those who run these brilliant sessions.

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It was clear from the responses we received just how much Rhymetimes are loved and valued by parents, grandparents and carers everywhere.

Here are just a few:

'The staff are brilliant at getting everyone involved and helping new mothers feel comfortable.'
'Every week the staff are amazing - they're so cheerful and their interaction with the little ones is lovely to see!'
'Requests are taken for animals for Old MacDonald, often with hilarious consequences - butterflies and dinosaurs regularly join the more traditional animals on the farm!'
'My 14-month-old daughter is developing much better since we started to attend Rhymetime.'

What happens next?

All nominations are now being considered and judging is underway. The winner of the Bookstart 25th Anniversary Rhymetime Award will be announced on 1 November.

Check back in soon to discover the winner and to hear inspirational stories about the difference Rhymetimes make to children and adults alike.

In the meantime, you can find out more about Rhymetimes here, and if your family aren't already regular Rhymetimers, check with your local library or children's centre to find a session near you.

The Bookstart 25th Anniversary Awards will be honouring not just brilliant Rhymetimes, but practitioners across the board who deliver the Bookstart programme. If you would like to find out more about the other awards categories, just visit our practitioners section.

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