Let's Talk Makaton

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.

Being able to communicate is one of the most important skills we need in life. Almost everything we do involves communication; everyday tasks such as learning at school, asking for food and drink, sorting out problems, making friends and having fun. These all rely on our ability to communicate with each other.

For those who have experienced the frustration of being unable to communicate meaningfully or effectively, Makaton really can help. Makaton takes away that frustration and enables individuals to connect with other people and the world around them, opening up all kinds of possibilities that they would otherwise not have available to them.

Makaton Mondays At West Park!

By introducing this skill to even our very young children we are allowing them to communicate their needs as well as engage and interact with all their friends in nursery! This helps our nursery become an inclusive hub no matter what language a child speaks or needs they might have, a nursery where we can all communicate in 1 way!

Every Monday a Makaton sign will be displayed in your child’s room and also shared on our Facebook Page for those children who don’t attend West Park that day. Staff will use all signs at appropriate times during the nursery week and we encourage you to do the same.

We would love for you to share with us videos and photos of your child using this week’s Makaton sign.