Communication in the early years is key to children being able to express themselves and make their needs known appropriately. We utilise many years of experience and training to help children communicate effectively, including many visual techniques such as pictorial cues and signing (Makaton).
At Batford Nursery School we have a ‘sign of the week’ which children learn with their group and key person. Children then build up a bank of words which mainly link to the routine of the day and include words the children will use often e.g. ‘yes’, ‘no’ and ‘please’. Adults model these signs with the children across the setting to help imbed them and use them in context. This technique helps children to communicate with non-verbal techniques and gesture, creating a more inclusive and accessible environment. This not only helps children with additional needs, but aids other children communicate with their peers effectively and build their vocabulary.