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Makaton Workshops

I am a licensed Makaton tutor with 16 years experience supporting both children and adults with a variety of communication needs and disabilities.  I deliver a variety of workshops and play sessions to parents, family members and professionals both face to face and online. 

What is Makaton? 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.

Makaton Signing for Babies - A 6 week rolling programme for parents/carers and babies/toddlers from Bridge Chapel, Garston (currently running online via zoom). This course teaches parents and carers 130 signs and symbols covering immediate needs such as food, drink, and family members.  Children are kept engaged through stories, songs and activities whilst adults are given opportunities to practice the signs learnt and engage in shared attention with their child to support basic communication.  The cost is £52.50 and includes a pocket book of signs and symbols and a certificate.  This course, like all of my training, is open to families of children with and without a communication difficulty. Courses are currently running online on an ad hoc basis throughout the year.  Please get in touch for upcoming dates.

Taster Sessions (1.5/ 2 hours)- This is a brief overview of the Makaton Language Programme suitable for parents, family members and professionals who are keen to know a little more about Makaton before attending a formal workshop.  Here I teach over 30 signs and symbols and enable participants to be able to hold a basic conversation with a Makaton user.  This can be delivered online or in-house to organisations.  Participants will receive handouts and a certificate.

Level 1 - Currently delivered online via zoom.  The Level 1 is the starting point of all formal Makaton training.  This 8 hour training covers signs and symbols from stages 1 & 2 of the core vocabulary and is aimed at parents, family members and professionals.  Training can be delivered over 1 x 8 hour day or 2 x 4 hour sessions. All my sessions are flexible and can be delivered in the evenings and at weekends.  The RRP for online workshops (Level 1 -4) is currently £79.50. The cost includes a participant manual, certificate, postage and booking fee.  In- house bookings can be arranged upon request.

Level 2 - Follows on from Level 1 and teaches signs and symbols for stages 3 & 4 of the core vocabulary.

Level 3 - Follows on from Level 2 and teaches signs and symbols for stages 5 & 6 of the core vocabulary.

Level 4 - Follows on from Level 3 and teaches signs and symbols for stages 7 & 8 of the core vocabulary.

Using Makaton with Singing - Suitable for those with or without Makaton experience.  This 4 hour workshop covers the signs & symbols to 10 popular nursery rhymes and looks at how to incorporate Makaton symbols in songs.  This is a great workshop for parents, family members and Early Years Practitioners.

Safeguarding - This insightful workshop teaches 350 signs and symbols over 4 x 4 hour sessions.  This is an interactive workshop which encourages reflection on how best to safeguard Makaton users as they grow.  The RRP for online delivery is currently £179 and includes a manual covering all signs & symbols taught, postage, booking fee and certificate.

Bespoke packages- I am able to tailor training to meet the needs of various settings and organisations.  

Play session - In addition to staff training I also deliver play sessions within early years settings. Makaton signs and symbols are incorporated into play, stories and songs. Please get in touch for further information and cost.

Home visiting- 1-1 support both online and within the home to promote development and communication, using the portage model. Please get in touch for further information.

All training options can be tailored to meet the needs of a setting, organisation or individual.  All training routes are very flexible to fit in with the busy life of families and to enable settings to release staff with as little inconvenience as possible.

Please look on my website for further information and to book a course

Who to contact

Contact Name
Corrine Lloyd
Contact Position
Makaton Tutor and Early Years Teacher
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Corrine is the director of a Community Interest Company based in South Liverpool which looks to enhance the communication of the local community.  Corrine has a wealth of experience and has undertaken extensive training in order to best support those with additional needs, their families and those who support them.  Corrine is licensed by The Makaton Charity and holds a DBS and has public liability insurance.

All workshops can be delivered online or in-house.  Face to Face dates are to be announced soon.  Please get in touch for group bookings and bespoke packages.

Where to go

Bridge Chapel Centre
Heath Road
L19 4XR

*All workshops are currently being delivered online.   Face to Face workshops can be delivered upon request.

Bridge Chapel is a lovely inclusive setting with accessible toilets, car parking, pram store and cafe.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Various days and times throughout the year and upon request.
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Costs vary depending on type of training or play session required. Please get in touch for further information or alternatively take a look at my website. Bookings can be made directly via my website or invoiced.
Offering Tax Free Childcare.


Referral required
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All workshops are fully inclusive and are aimed at supporting those with a communication need, their families and those who support them.

No referral or diagnosis is required.  Those who are interested in learning Makaton and are not supporting those with a communication need are welcome to attend.  Makaton Signing for Babies is for those with and without a communication need.

Other notes

Makaton can help children and adults with a variety of additional needs including communication difficulties associated with learning difficulties, autism, sensory impairments and physical disabilities.  Makaton signs and symbols also enhance the communication of children with English as an additional language, babies acquiring language and adults following strokes or who have dementia.

I have 16 years experience supporting babies, children and adults with a range of additional needs.  All my sessions are fully inclusive,  everyone is welcome and valued.

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