First Signs is provided through a mix of home visits and web-based support from Deaf Aotearoa Facilitators.
Frequency of visits can vary from family to family.
Visits can be at home, or even at the park!
First Signs provides information and resources and always respects each family’s decisions.
- Supports you to have NZSL as a language in your home
- Supports and monitors NZSL language development
- Works with Advisors on Deaf Children (AODC) and other professionals involved with the family, e.g.: cochlear implant programme, audiologists, Ko Taku Reo Deaf Education NZ
- Supports transition to ECE and/or school.
Everything you need to know about First Signs. Come on in
Get your hands out, flex those face muscles and learn some New Zealand Sign Language
Information about sign language with babies and toddlers.
Learn Sign videos
Stories, Rhymes, Celebrations
Check in here regularly for videos giving you NZSL for topical themes: birthdays, Christmas, rhymes and more
Meet the team
The First Signs team is led by Manager: Natasha Cloete and Team Leaders: Liz Kay and Cheryl Spykerman.
Our First Signs Facilitators are based in 13 offices around Aotearoa New Zealand. We bring NZSL into your home in a family centred approach.
We make learning NZSL fun!