For practitioners working with children from 0 - 7. Take this course to. 

  • Why Back Play and Side Play are as important as Tummy Play - and the detail in each 

  • How the floor supports children to become grounded

  • Why bodies need to keep returning to the floor, throughout the early years and beyond, to stay in good shape

  • How Floor Play supports emotional development as well as physical development

Learn to see the detail and value in the movement experience that babies and children create for themselves on the floor.

Course Previews 


Another fantastic informative course. With my eldest being 16 and youngest just 4 it is really interesting to have this knowledge now and think back about all three of my own children’s development. For my own setting it has really made me think about connections between floor play, emotions and confidence with all tasks, not just fine and gross movement based tasks.

Kathryn Bah

Course Reviews 



Completely changed the way that I look at the children in my classroom. understanding why they move and play in the way they do as child experts just makes so much sense now.

Roz Hughes 


I love how this course has opened my eyes to a different way of thinking. It's made me aware of my reactions to how children play and move around the setting. I'm always asking myself why? and how can I aid them? Or just observe, observe.

Karen Carter

Structure and Overview

Content: 25 lessons, quizzes and downloads. Plus the opportunity to learn more about the movement in your own body if you want to, in 12 guided movement sections. Lots of photos and film on children. The lessons take 2 hours 30 to watch straight through. We recommend that you do lots of observations alongside - as part of the course - to put the learning into action.

Is there a CPD certificate? Yes, you'll receive a certificate on completion of all the elements of the course.

Module 1 - Introduction: How the course works - combining theory and body work if you want it. And a story that introduces the main themes.

Module 2 - Pedagogy: Reflect on your particular aims for physical development, so that you can use the learning on this course to augment your own ways of working.

Module 3 - A Developmental Movement Play approach: What is developmental movement? How are the reflexes involved. A child-led and play based approach.

Module 4 - Back, Side and Tummy Play - Explore 12 kinds of floor play that together build great foundations for a confident, well aligned body and a wide range of movement.

Who is the course for? All those supporting children from 0 to 7. Nursery, playgroup and preschool staff; early years teachers and support staff; SENCOs; childminders, family workers, wider support teams - advisors, educational psychologists, speech and language therapists; occupational therapists; physiotherapists. Senior Leadership teams. Governors and Volunteers, Training can be taken individually, as team or with a group of settings.

Module 5 - Interoception: What is interoception and how it underpins everyday life. How to create environments and experiences that help a child to build interoception. How they show us they need more time to develop their interoception; and when they need more support. Why interoception is a foundation for self-regulation.

How long can I access the course for? The course will be live on your dashboard for 3 months.




Penny Greenland

Penny is a movement and body specialist, exploring physical and felt experience across many somatic practices. She’s a thinker, a mover, and driven by the goal of developing a learning culture that supports body and cognitive development equally. 


Between 1998 and 2009 she led an in-depth action research project exploring how we support our youngest children’s physicality. Developmental Movement Play was created from this research, which continues to evolve and deepen. Penny loves to share ideas and offer training at all levels.  

She is author of Hopping Home Backwards: body intelligence and movement play and a contributor to several early years text books about physical development. 

Jabadao Director | Developmental Movement Play Specialist 

Course Tutor

Floor Play Foundations

The building blocks of physical development

Going underneath the milestones 

We are born with over half a million touch sensors all over our body which provide a constant stream of information that is vital to our survival, our learning and our wellbeing. It's a big job to learn to process all this information in helpful ways.

Developing your physical pedagogy

(or the body-map sense), gives us the internal, felt sense of where all our body parts are and helps us to co-ordinate them. Shut your eyes and you still know where all your limbs are without looking. Or reach down and touch your big toe with your forefinger ... and it is your proprioception that it telling you how to do it.

Back, side and tummy play

(or sense of movement) tells us where we are in space as we move, how fast we are going and how to adjust our body to maintain balance. And it plays a big role in our emotional foundations and how grounded we feel.

Foundations to last a life time

Tells us how we feel on the inside. Hungry, thirsty, tired, ill, anxious, happy, sad, confident … it provides the information we need to answer the question ‘How do you feel?’ And to regulate our selves in busy, demanding lives.

Core topics

Take this course to 

By taking the course you'll be able to do .... back in your setting. Take the material, observe the children in your setting and grow your understanding of developmental Movement

How to get going

Step 1. Create an account

If you're training individually follow the "Buy Now £42" link. For multiple people to gain access to the course, follow the "Group Bookings" link. 

Step 2. Press Play and get going

Head over to the course dashboard where you'll be access where you'll be able to access the course 

Step 3. Enjoy and stay in touch 

We'd love to hear your feedback and we're always on hand if you come across any issues when taking the course.