My First Poem 2022 |
Poetry Competition

Nursery & Preschool

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Engage your children with poetry writing!

My First Poem is a fun and engaging way to introduce poetry to them...

My First Poem invites your children to complete a special poetry template that celebrates their uniqueness and their favourite person. It captures their likes at this time in their life, making a lovely keepsake to look back on.

My First Poem supports the EYFS literacy requirements, ECAT and the ELG of being imaginative and expressive. Taking part is fun and easy, so get your setting involved today... and remember to let us know why your setting should win the £1,000 prize!

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To make sure your entries are valid, please follow the rules listed below:

  • Only one entry per child, there is no limit to the number of entries per setting.

  • Poems can be on the entry form or an A4 sheet of paper or the editable PDF.

  • Poems must be each child's own work/words.

  • Ensure that all entrants' names, ages and setting are included on the entry form.

  • Poems can be written/typed by an adult.

If you are unsure on any rules or have any queries, please don't hesitate to Contact Us.

For Schools

For Nurseries / Pre-Schools

1st Prize - £1,000

We’d love to know what you’d do with the prize money – would you enhance your outdoor space? Stock up your library? Upgrade your play equipment? Let us know for a chance to win £1,000 for your setting to spend however you choose!

Runner-Up Prize

One setting will win an amazing lending library 

PLUS Every participating nursery receives a free copy of the book their children feature in.

For Pupils


Send your entries by uploading them:

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Enter through our pupil writing portal:

Writing Portal

Alternatively, you can email your entries to [email protected].

By Post

Send your entries, along with your school entry form, to:

Young Writers EYFS
Remus House

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Tip #1

Songs and rhymes are a fantastic way to introduce poetry to preschoolers as it helps them with vocabulary and they learn rhythm too.

Why not make up songs to tunes your children already know, it lets your children be imaginative, sing about something they like, express themselves, supports ECAT and is entertaining for everyone involved!

You could get started by:
- Using musical instruments to create a tune

- Making a song out of an activity - such as jumping in puddles 'Splash, splash, jump, jump, jump!' Children can add their own words, perhaps counting how many jumps or puddles, etc

- Pick a song they know, such as 'Wheels on the Bus' and change the vehicle or 'Five Little Ducks' and change the animal, etc to help your children use their imaginations

- Make up a song about things you do daily... putting on shoes, getting a snack, circle time & encourage your children to do the same!

Tip #2

Act our rhymes with your children! Why? Because words linked with movement helps children remember. Not only is this a fun activity it helps vocabulary and supports ECAT.

'Humpty Dumpty', 'Wind The Bobbin Up', 'Head, Shoulder, Knees & Toes' and 'Row, Row Your Boat' are just a few great examples that you could try!

Get In Touch

Young Writers EYFS
Remus House

[email protected]

(01733) 890066

Closing Date: Friday 25th February 2022