Community Work

Since running my music class I have worked in all parts of the community from, weekly groups with parents and children, to Maple Unit for children with disabilities, Sure Start Centres for their Young Mum groups, local nurseries, young mothers at a Pupil Referral Unit to the local libraries in my area.

Feedback from settings:


Emma Burnside

Service Development Librarian, Children’s Services at,Hook, Tolworth and Surbiton Libraries

I have known Shirley Stump and the ‘Yo Baby’ brand for the last two and a half years.  Shirley has performed many Yo Baby sessions in our libraries every one of them to an exceptional high standard providing music, rhythm, movement and literacy through song to the under fives.  Shirley is professional, constantly evolving her programme and will work with you to ensure you get the right session for your setting.  I never have any concerns when Shirley performs at the library and think of her as an honorary library staff member. I have no hesitation in recommending Shirley to any Early Years setting  and would encourage you to give ‘Yo Baby’ a try. Shirley is a warm friendly person, a pleasure to work with and will be sorely missed locally. I am happy to be contacted for a reference.


Mike Treacy

Team Leader: Children and Youth Services Library and Heritage Service, Kingston Library

I can heartily recommend Shirley (YoBaby) for rhyme and song sessions with a wide variety of children. Shirley has very kindly run rhymetime sessions for us, using a variety of songs from different cultures, and was recently involved with us on a Arts Council funded initiative working with EAL families. Shirley’s sessions were inspirational. She is very engaging and uses a wide number of different musical instruments and props to interact with families. More recently Shirley has started to work with pre natal mums, introducing them to music and rhyme. Kingston’s loss (as Shirley is moving) is Haslemere’s gain. Please feel free to contact me if you would like more information on the work Shirley has undertaken with Kingston Libraries’.


Dave Cuthbert  

Sound Minds / Music and creative arts interventions with adults and young people with mental health problems.

Shirley has worked with Sound Minds in challenging situations (a Child and Adolescent Mental Health clinic, and a school based group for children with mental health issues).  She has always shown great dedication, professionalism and understanding of the individual children’s needs. In particular she has an ability to structure her sessions such that every child has the opportunity to develop their creativity and participation in the group.

Catherine Pestano

Community Musician / Director CRISP

Shirley has worked for CRISP in a number of capacities including training delivery to community musicians, Conference workshop leader and two long projects working with young mums and babies at the local PRU, doing early years work. She is an engaging and capable worker. I have no hesitation in recommending her


Dawn Van-Looy

Community Nursery Nurse at the centre in 2008 Surbiton Sure Start Centre

Yo Baby has encouraged our mums to interact with their children, helping them to take turns, work together as well as listening and singing/repeating the songs (which help with their Speech and Language

skills). Yo Baby has encouraged the mums to want to continue with music time in our group which we are doing at the end of every session.

“Dear Shirley,
I would just like to say thank you for your wonderful session. I have heard such good feedback from parents and centre workers, so thank you for making the Christmas party so special.
Hopefully we will see you again in 2006”
Sarah Brown
Family Support Service Manager
Learning & Children’s Services


You really helped to make the party a great success, the parents were very appreciative. I know how much extra you put into this morning and I am very grateful.”
Christine Crisp
Learning & Children’s Services
Surbiton Children’s Centre


Kingston Maple Unit for children with disabilities 2005 – 2007

I held classes on a few different occasion at the centre which went down really well and the children and staff seemed to really enjoy themselves.

Feedback from this setting:

“Hi Shirley
I have heard very good reports of Saturday thanks so much the children loved it and were really taken by what you did, also you have given us some ideas an additional extra!”
Vicky Blackburn
Maple Childrens Unit, Kingston Hospital


“We booked Shirley for 4 Christmas parties for children with special needs. The children (and staff!) thoroughly enjoyed it and we learned some new activities and songs to use in the future –

a very welcome bonus! Shirley held the children’s attention for the whole 45 minutes – not an easy task – taking into consideration the different ages and abilities of the children.

We would not hesitate to recommend Yo Baby!
Thank you again Shirley.”

Susan Clarke
Maple Childrens Unit, Kingston Hospital


 Graham Dowdall /  Lecturer at Goldsmiths and Community Musician

Shirley is a dedicated, skilled and experienced music leader specialising in working with very young children alongside their parents and carers. Her work is of the highest quality and she achieves great results from her caring and thoughtful approach.”February 8, 2012



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