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Our Courses

A Signing Hands course lasts for 8 weeks. The lessons are once a week and last for one hour. There are Baby, Toddler and Pre Kindy courses available.

 

Our courses include a booklet containing pictures and written descriptions of how to perform more than 170 signs. It also provides you with invaluable information regarding how to gain the most from your baby signing experience and helpful tips.

 

The classes are for parents/carers and babies/children. They will consist of approximately 45 minutes signing time with the babies/children using stories, songs, puppets, rhymes and play. Towards the end of signing time  a snack is provided while a story is read and then there is time for parents to chat and ask questions. All baby classes cater for mixed abilities & ages from birth to approximately 18 months.

 

The main emphasis during Signing Hands classes is having fun with your baby. Babies acquire the majority of their knowledge and skills through play and interaction with those around them. Signing with your baby is a unique experience, enhancing the close bond between you and allowing for communication and understanding from an incredibly early age.

Pricing

 

Full Courses

$200 for the first term

$175 for all subsequent terms

 

Condensed Courses - on request

$100 per person (minimum of 8 participants)

 

 

Make Up Classes

 

We understand how hard it can be for parents to attend all the sessions in one term and we appreciate you keeping your baby away if they are sick. You are welcome to make up any missed classes during the term at any other location of your choice. Missed classes can also be carried into the following term if you are re-booking.

BABY COURSE

AGES FROM 4 MONTHS+

No previous signing experience needed

All baby classes cater for mixed abilities and ages. We suggest that parents start during the term their baby will turn 6 months, but we are flexible if there are specific reasons for parents to start early.

Babies will be introduced to a whole range of Auslan signs using songs, toys, puppets and play. The groups of signs that will be covered during the 8 weeks are the main words used during our day to day life with a young baby. We look at the family, daily routines - including nappy changing, mealtimes, bath time, needs and danger signs. We also cover farm, wild and Australian animals, and toys, transport, colours, emotions and much much more.

Parents and carers are taught how to introduce the signs and which ones to use first.  There is a lot of repetition in the baby classes to enable everyone to learn these really important first signs. The signs are introduced using songs, toys, puppets & play.

 

Please contact us if you would be interested in attending.

KINDY COURSE

AGES 2.5 TO 4 YEARS

No previous signing experience needed

 

Signing Hands ran it's first KINDY SIGNING COURSE in Term 1 2013. This was the first of it's kind in WA.

 

We provide a full course based on the Auslan LOTE programme designed for pre-school children. Each term will cover different aspects of the curriculum, using games, basic worksheets, toys and music to teach the signs.

 

Children will learn to link signs together into small sentences and the focus will be on extending communication rather than single object signing.

 

These classes are run by request and are continuing through the year. Anyone who wishes to join is very welcome.

 

Please contact us if you would be interested in attending.

TODDLER COURSE

AGES 18 MONTHS TO 3 YEARS

No previous signing experience needed

 

Following the success of its current baby signing courses and in response to demand from parents, Signing Hands started running toddler classes in August 2008. These classes have developed considerably over the years and now cover a wealth of signs, far exceeding parents' expectations.

 

Toddlers will be introduced to a whole range of Auslan signs including colours, emotions, numbers, the alphabet, communication signs and many more.

 

Signs are taught through a variety of activities - singing, dancing, games and craft. Different themes are covered each week and the children always make something interactive to take away so that the signs can be reinforced at home.

 

Please contact us if you would be interested in attending.

CONDENSED COURSES

ALL AGES

No previous signing experience needed

 

These courses suit busy Mums who can't commit to an 8 week course. The Signing Hands Beginners Course is presented in your own home in 2 sessions, each lasting 2 hours. The first session covers the basic signs needed to begin signing with your baby and introduces you to the techniques required to obtain the best results. The second session follows three weeks later.

 

The first signs are repeated briefly before the rest of the 'beginner' signs are covered. Lots of time is spent playing with toys and singing and parents are shown a wide variety of methods for encouraging your baby to sign and recognising their first attempts.

 

All participants will receive the same booklet given to full course members. This includes all the signs taught with written descriptions of how to perform the signs plus much more.

 

A condensed course requires a minimum of 8 participants and costs $100 per person. Please contact us if you would be interested in having a condensed course in your home.

 

Day Care Centre Courses & Classes

Signing Hands offers a complete Day Care Centre programme including  a staff PD training evening and a full day in centre with our leading educator - Debbie Bundock. The programme includes an online programme for all staff to access, giving the appropriate signs for each age group and ideas for how to introduce them. Ongoing support is also provided. The cost for this full package is $750

These programmes are currently running in:

The UWA Early Learning Centre 

Testimonial – Signing Hands (Debbie Bundock)

We had the pleasure of working with Debbie and Signing Hands throughout 2012 as she trialled her Signing Hands Programme for child care centres with us, after being referred to us by one of our educators who had attended Debbie’s classes with her own child. Throughout the trial program, Debbie offered staff training sessions, a comprehensive resource file and video clips, and follow-up visits with staff – the program was a huge success in our Centre and we would highly recommend it to any early childhood education and care service, or any family that may be interested in attending Debbie’s classes. 

In 2013 we went through the National Quality Standard Assessment and Ratings process, achieving a rating of Exceeding the National Quality Standard in all 7 Quality Areas. In 2014 we became the first education and care service in WA to receive ACECQA’s Excellent award; as part of our application report, we cited our involvement with Debbie Bundock and Signing Hands. This was of great interest to ACECQA and was mentioned favourably in our Final Decision notice and the subsequent media release; they recognised how positively the program improved outcomes for the children and families in our service.

We are proud to endorse Debbie’s Signing Hands program and will maintain our positive and beneficial working relationship with her as we continue to implement her program in our centre. 

Olivia Harper-Rummens

Director

UWA Early Learning Centre

Kidz Galore, City West, Nedlands

Wanslea Early Development & Learning, Joondanna

Compass Early Learning Centre, Merriwa

Leeming Childcare Centre, Leeming

Unicare Early Childhood Education, Nedlands

Hi Debbie,

 

Thank you again so much for last night. The feedback I'm getting from our educators is that it was one of the best professional development workshops we've had. Everyone seems very excited about it and I've already seen some educators begin to use some signs.

Malvern Springs ELC. Ellenbrook

Signing Hands also offers classes for Day Care Centre students during the week. The lessons are grouped into ages (Kindy, toddler and baby) and run for between an hour and 40 minutes. The Kindy & toddler groups make a craft each week and have music and dance time as well as the mat time, puppets, books and songs used in the baby classes.

 

Classes are currently run at: 

Unicare Early Childhood Education - Wednesday mornings from 9.30 - 11.30am

Chuckles Day Care Centre - Full day tuition in Centre, 1 Friday per month.

If you would like your centre to include signing lessons please contact Debbie on 0437 803978