S4C's Makaton children's programme Dwylo'r Enfys has been nominated for a prestigious Rockie Award at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival.
Dwylo'r Enfys (Rainbow Hands), which is produced by Ceidiog, has been nominated in the Children Programmes (2+) Non-fiction category. The Banff World Media Awards, known as the Rockies, is an internationally-recognized awards program celebrating the very best in international television and digital media production.
Each week on Dwylo'r Enfys which started in December 2012, presenters Heulwen and Cawod visit young children with special needs across Wales. The presenters meet the children in familiar surroundings, such as the local park or swimming pool. As well as getting to know the children, the presenters also teach them and the young audience at home to sign using Makaton.
The second series of Dwylo'r Enfys is currently being filmed and there are plans in place to create apps for children with special needs to coincide with the series. The Welsh Government's education department will also be funding learning materials which will enable teachers to teach Makaton through the medium of Welsh.
In the nominated programme Heulwen and Cawod travel from their colourful home at the end of the rainbow to visit Guto. Guto lives on the Llyn Peninsula and loves to help his Grandfather on the farm.
Children can watch the first series of Dwylo’r Enfys again on S4C’s children’s service website, Cyw: cyw.s4c.co.uk. The second series of Dwylo’r Enfys will start on S4C this summer.
The category winners will be awarded at a special presentation at the 2013 Banff World Media Festival on Sunday 9th June, which will also be live-streamed on banffmediafestival.com.
(Full press release: www.s4c.co.uk/e_press_level2.shtml?id=785)