Welcome to Sign a Rainbow©
Learning, Language, Laughter
Dear Parent and beautiful Baby,
Thank you for enquiring about developing your baby's early learning, language and signing skills through fun and interactive parent and baby courses.
I look forward to getting to know you and your baby and appreciate you sharing your special Rainbow Moments with me. I hope you enjoy the Rainbow Magic as you and your baby learn early language skills through play.
If you have any questions, queries or feedback, please do not hesitate to share these with me. I aspire to support and encourage you both to be successful in using your early language skills and key signs as part of your everyday routine at home, so that you and your baby can:
Clearly and confidently communicate together.
Imagine a Rainbow
As a teacher and a mum I know that Sign Language supports early language development and communication skills for hearing babies as much as it does for children who are deaf/Deaf or hearing impaired.
It was natural for me to sign with my daughter Katie from birth. Coffee group parents were intrigued by Katie’s sign, spoken language and communication abilities (as she is a hearing child who uses key signs from New Zealand Sign Language confidently) and asked me why and how I taught her these sign and early language skills and how it supported her overall development: Social, Emotional, Physical, Psychological and Cognitive.
So I designed the Sign a Rainbow© programme to share this knowledge and skill, so that all parents who would like to learn how to clearly and confidently communicate with their baby can join in the fun too!
I look forward to meeting you
Director and Facilitator
B.ed (Hons) Primary,
Dip (Hons) Early Childhood Education,
Adv. Dip ESHID Teacher of the Deaf
I am a qualified Primary Teacher, Early Childhood Education (ECE) Teacher and a Teacher of the Deaf. I have been teaching since 1999 in the UK and NZ, in various roles, in the public and private sectors, in mainstream schools and Special Education and across a range of ages. I have lectured, mentored and tutored teachers who are studying towards their qualifications in ECE, teacher of the Deaf or towards gaining their full NZ Teacher’s Registration. I enjoyed being one of two Parent Co-ordinators of Hillsborough Playcentre in 2013. I am a member of the New Zealand Sign Language Tutors Association.
I am passionate about teaching in Early Childhood Education, as there are so many changes in such a short period of time and every day is different, challenging and fun!
I am especially passionate about supporting language development at this age. This is a critical age in which babies acquire language and this window of opportunity needs to be supported, nurtured and encouraged so that all babies are confident language users through life.
Dip (Hons) In being a cheeky monkey!
At four months old Mummy started signing to me, just a few signs at first. By nine months old I had a range of signs to let Mummy, Daddy, other family and friends know exactly what I wanted, needed or was interested in. I could understand many more signs. This helped me to communicate and reduced my frustrations at a time when I was concentrating on developing my babbling skills and first words.
Since the age of sixteen months I have used more than 50 signs and over 50 words! As I have been using sign language from an early age, I already understand how language works which is helping my general language development. It has also supported me in becoming a confident communicator and confident toddler.
I join Mummy on some of the courses to help her out, so I look forward to meeting you