Staff at Carers Nest Pre-school in Devizes, Wiltshire, recently completed the Makaton Beginners' Workshop, taught by Sonia Sansom.
All staff found it extremely valuable, as it has taught us all the basic signs and more to help us communicate with our non verbal children, sharing our new knowledge with families too!
Our completion of the course tied in perfectly with our themed Red Nose Week, where we were raising money for Comic Relief. All children took part in a sponsored Makaton week: each day children have learnt new signs, from being able to sign their own names and our Hello Song, to learning lots of animal signs too!
Our sponsored Makaton sign and cake sale has raised in excess of £200 for Comic Relief, such a fantastic achievement!
We really appreciated Sonia our Makaton tutor visiting Carers Nest during the week to read and sign the Dear Zoo story to us all, it was the perfect way to bring together the staff and children’s learning on our Makaton journey.
This is only the start as we are now working towards becoming a Makaton Friendly setting, supporting Devizes becoming a Makaton Friendly town!