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Tuneful Chatter

Creative development with 0-5 year olds

A group of children in school uniform dance and smile with their teacher - a darts in Doncaster project called Tuneful Chatter

Tuneful Chatter uses proven approaches to improving very young children’s communication, language and social skills. Music, dance and drama specialists design programmes of early years provision enabling under-fives to take part with others in a safe environment. Creative play and movement stimulate turn-taking, being kind and listening; encouraging independent choice and decision-making. Music and singing focuses on language and communication. We use repetition, structure and familiarity to give all children a voice and build self-esteem. Children are supported to develop the skills to thrive, enabling them to catch up and be school ready. 

In January 2023, a Doncaster consortium made up of darts – Doncaster’s participatory arts organisation, Cast, Doncaster’s performance venue and Doncaster Council’s Early Years Intervention and Prevention service was awarded £425,719 through Arts Council England’s Place Partnerships Programme and supported by Doncaster Council.

The funding supports a three year project with Doncaster’s 0-5 year olds and their families who have been hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic. Dance, Drama and Music professionals will work collaboratively with Early Years staff to focus on young children’s communication and language, personal, social and emotional development – all of which have been delayed due to numerous lockdowns.

Bring your children, aged 0 – 5, to take part in playful arts activities with Tuneful Chatter at The Point or at your local Family Hub! Here, your children will have fun with experienced artists using music, dance and drama activities. These sessions are designed to encourage language and communication skills.

Sessions at The Point (DN1 2DR), Fridays 10.30am – 11.30am
There is a £4 suggested donation per session. We have a card payment system that you can use at the start of each session if you wish, as well as a donation box. If you have any concerns about this, please drop Sophie an email on and we can have a chat about this.

Sessions at Mexborough Family Hub (S64 9ED), Mondays 9.15 – 11am
Sessions are free to attend and run year round, starting 5 February 2024.

Sessions at Stainforth Family Hub (DN7 5DH), Tuesdays 1.30 – 2.30pm
Sessions are free to attend and run year round.

You do not need to book a place to attend these sessions, you are very welcome to drop in. If the session ever becomes too full, we will use a first come, first served system to keep the number of people in the room at a reasonable level. Please note, there is a maximum of 2 adult places per child. Children must be accompanied by their parents/ carers throughout the session.


Click here to find out about our weekly Tuneful Chatter sessions at The Point for 0-5s and their families.

Click here to find out about weekly Hello Baby sessions at Cast.

Click here to find out more about Doncaster Council’s Early Years Intervention and Prevention Service.


The consortium is looking for people who are interested in joining the Consultation Hub, informing the direction of the project. Doncaster parents, early years practitioners, teachers, family hub staff and childminders are invited to get involved – contact Sarah Eastaff for further information – 01302 493844 or

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