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We are very proud that children and staff practise Makaton sign language in the Nursery every day and all of our staff are trained by our own Makaton tutor.

Signs are used during singing and story time sessions, as well as at mealtimes with signs such as ‘please’, ‘thank you’, ‘more’ and ‘wash hands’. Our babies can begin to use Makaton from about six to eight months. ‘More’, ‘milk’ and ‘sleep’ are usually their first signs. Signing while speaking has been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills.

Makaton plays a big role at Ashton House and it is used by the staff everyday throughout the nursery. It is used to develop language and communication within all age groups and our staff team spend lots of time using and practising specific words and a variety of songs. 

We have a dedicated Makaton Coordinator who offers training to all new staff as well as continued support for our existing team. At these training days, we explain the importance of Makaton during every stage of development and teach them all of the signs they will need when working with the children.

Each week the rooms choose a selection of words and songs they would like to focus on and use these words with their children during focussed activities with small groups and with larger groups during circle time.
We believe that Makaton is a fantastic tool to use and a great way of encouraging early communication. It also enables us to improve our inclusive practice with children that have special educational needs as they are able to communicate more freely with their peers - we have seen firsthand the positive impact it can have with children’s communication and language development.