Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life.
Makaton is a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate. It supports the development of essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols.
With Makaton, signs are used with speech in spoken word order. Using signs can help people who have no speech or whose speech is unclear. Research has shown that signs and gestures are easier to learn than spoken words. This makes sense. Babies use gestures before they can speak, to tell us what they want. For example, they might point at the biscuit tin or hold out their arms to be lifted up. Children and adults can use Makaton to let others know what they want, make choices, share information and understand more. This helps build and develop important communication and language skills.

NB: Attendees are required to complete all four sessions to obtain their certificate.

Watch our MAKATON video

Links to Bristol Standard Dimensions:

  • D1 Values and Aims of the Setting
  • D3 Approaches to Play and Development
  • D4 Physical Environment
  • D5 Play Experiences
  • D8 Equality, Diversity and Inclusion.

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Course details

Date: To be arranged.
Cost: Free for Bristol-based Ofsted registered childcare workers and Bristol BAND members. £130 all others, 10% discount to non-Bristol BAND member groups.
Venue: BAND Office, Scrapstore House, Sevier Street, St Werburgh's, Bristol, BS2 9LB. View a map
Tutors: Anna Barry. With over 7 years experience as a Makaton tutor, Anna first learned Makaton to communicate with her child. She also uses it in her work as a secondary school teacher.
Refreshments: Refreshments: Tea, coffee & squash provided.
Funded by: Nisbet
Please note: Bookings on booking form only, accompanied by separate cheques for each attendee payable to 'BAND Ltd' please. Places are limited to 15 (2 per setting), so book early!
Closing date: n/a.