Spalding's BeBright Pre-School gets 'Makaton Friendly' status for helping children to communicate
Staff at Spalding's BeBright Pre-School have been recognised by a national charity for helping children to communicate better.
BeBright, set up by Stephanie Barrett and Laura Spillett in September 2018, has received Makaton Friendly status for its use of the Makaton language system that uses symbols, signs and speech to improve communication skills.
Laura said: "We are the first pre-school in South Holland to gain this award and both Stephanie and I feel that Makaton supports our youngest children who are acquiring language skills, as well as children with additional needs who are not able to communicate verbally and those new to learning English.
"Since opening in September 2018, we have ensured that our staff are trained to use Makaton to support children’s communication, further enhancing this in February when we are to host a stage 1 Makaton training course."
On its website, Makaton is described as "a unique language programme that uses symbols, signs and speech to enable people to communicate".
The website added: "Makaton supports the development of essential communication skills, such as attention and listening, comprehension, memory, recall and organisation of language and expression."
Laura said: "At a recent singing event with parents, the children signed alongside singing seasonal songs and one grandparent said: "It was so wonderful to see all the children able to join in."
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