Peterborough nursery’s award for use of Makaton with children

Broadway Nursery has become the first in Peterborough to gain the silver Makaton Friendly status recognising its efforts to increase communication skills with its young pupils.

By Brad Barnes
Sunday, 20th March 2022, 7:00 am
Broadway Nursery Manager, Deborah Cobb with the certificate.
Broadway Nursery Manager, Deborah Cobb with the certificate.

The nursery teaches Makaton as an additional way to communicate.

Makaton helps to develop essential communication skills such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression.

A delighted nursery manager Deborah Cobb said: “Essentially, you sign as you speak, which enables the learner to understand you more clearly by matching a sign to a word. Makaton is also widely used for very young children who are not yet speaking and children with speech, language and learning difficulties.”

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Over the past 18 months, the nursery team has been working with Makaton Tutor Sheila Inwards from the Makaton Charity to ensure that they had the skills and knowledge to deliver and support Makaton. Staff have also completed Makaton sign and sing training with some of the nursery team completing the Foundation and level one to level four qualifications.

“ We are very excited to be recognised as being a Makaton Friendly nursery and be recognised for all our dedication and work,” added Mrs Cobb.