Makaton is a language programme using signs and symbols to help people to communicate. It is designed to support spoken language and the signs and symbols are used with speech, in spoken word order. With Makaton, children and adults can communicate straight away using signs and symbols.
- Building communication prior to speech
- Building attention and listening skills
- Brings everyone together and is enjoyable
- Makaton enhances language development
Messy play gives children the opportunity to explore objects and raw materials such as sand, water, chalk, paint, play dough and paste in a free and unrestricted way. Messy play fosters your child’s curiosity, imagination and experimentation and practices good concentration.
- Encourages communication & language development
- Practices good concentration
- Promotes physical development
- Supports the ability to play independently
Forest School Approach
Forest school is an outdoor education delivery model in which children visit natural spaces to learn personal, social and technical skills. The ethos is shared by thousands of trained practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.
- Building confidence & independence
- Feeling empathy for others & nature
- Improves mental and physical health
- Better sleep and mood
Sensory play is any activity that stimulates children’s senses: touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing. Though sensory play, children explore and naturally use scientific processes while they play, investigate, create and discover new sensations.
- Builds nerve connections within developing brain’s neural pathways.
- Improves language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction.
- Great for calming an anxious or frustrated child.
- Helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc.)
Imaginative play is essentially when children are role playing and are acting out various experiences they may have had or something that is of some interest to them. They are experimenting with decision making on how to behave and are also practising their social skills
- Supports children to use their imagination
- Imitate adult roles
- To practice grown up skills
- Think about other peoples views/roles
Learning Through Play
Play is one of the main ways in which children learn and develop. It helps to build self-worth by giving a child a sense of his or her own abilities and to feel good about themselves. Because it’s fun, children often become very absorbed in what they are doing.
- Improves their communication
- Improves cognitive development
- Improves relationship building