Makaton Signing for Babies - Mansfield Central Library - Family Learning

Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield

Key details

Date -
Sessions Tuesdays: 10am - 11am
No. sessions 5
Venue Mansfield Central Library, Mansfield
For ages 19+
Group size 5 - 16
Cost Free

About this course

Makaton Signing for Babies (MSB) is for parents, family members or carers who would like to sign with babies and children in their care and have no previous experience of Makaton. These sessions are designed for you and your child to have fun and learn together. 

Makaton Signing for Babies is a fun and easy way to learn to sign with your baby. Signing while speaking has been shown to encourage the development of communication and language skills. It can help reduce frustrations and help you to understand your baby’s needs and wants. 

Makaton Signing for Babies is provided as a series of sessions for you and your baby. Together you will learn up to 100 signs and have fun practising them in songs, games and activities.  

Why not have a go and enjoy the benefits of signing with your baby. 


  • Flexible, fun sessions 
  • Training designed to encourage development of communication and language skills 
  • Learn 100 signs (and symbols) specifically selected for use with babies/toddlers 
  • Use signs and symbols in songs, games and activities 

What will be covered on the course?  What will be taught to learners? 

  • You will learn approximately 100 signs and symbols using songs, games and activities. 

What will learners achieve by the end of the course? 

  • How to use Makaton to encourage the development of communication and language skills in babies and toddlers. 

What skills or knowledge do learners already need to have to attend the course? 

  • Nothing. 

What resources/course materials do learners need to bring for the course? 

  • If possible: a blanket/mat to sit on, a small selection of props (such as small toys, a soft ball, some bubbles to blow). The tutor will be in touch with you before the course starts to advise you. 
  • Learners will be provided (FOC) with the ‘Makaton Signing for Babies Pocket Book of Signs and Symbols’ which is sent out after week 2 of the course. 

Booking your place and fee information

To secure your place on the course BOTH the following must be done:

  • Complete the EVENTBRITE BOOKING.
  • Complete our INSPIRE ONLINE ENROLMENT FORM for each person attending the course.

You should be redirected to the Inspire Online Enrolment Form after completing the Eventbrite booking.  If you are not redirected, please use the link supplied in the Eventbrite booking confirmation email.

To book and enrol on one of our courses, you must have been living in England and have been resident in the UK for the past 3 years.

Some exceptions may apply if you are living in England with evidence of the right to remain and are from an EEU/EEAU country (completion of a questionnaire will be required).

As we no longer receive funding for our ESFA-funded courses for learners living in the devolved areas listed below, full cost fees would apply to these courses if you live in these areas:

  • Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield 
  • Cambridgeshire and Peterborough
  • Greater London
  • Greater Manchester
  • Liverpool City Region
  • Newcastle Upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Northumberland
  • Tees Valley
  • West of England
  • West Midlands
  • West Yorkshire

Any questions?

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