At Charlie Farley’s Nursery in Jersey, Makaton training has changed how we communicate with the children.
It has given us, as practitioners a whole new skill set to support and develop all our children to become effective communicators, whilst having great fun too. There’s nothing like your nursery teacher signing Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer to make a group of pre-schoolers laugh.
Using Makaton has brought children of all ages and abilities together, making it easier for all children to understand each other. Being an Early Years practitioner is all about having those moments when you’ve taught a child something that has supported them in their day, and raised their self-confidence.
Looking after the children’s well-being is of upmost importance and having this training has boosted the children’s and the practitioners' confidence. With Makaton we now have a nursery full of positive communicators who have tools ready to support when needing to express a want or need.
We have now made our two nurseries Makaton Friendly, and will carry on working with Makaton Tutor Fiona Cockram.