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

  • Understand sensory processing challenges your children may be experiencing 

  • Discover what create body awareness 

  • Build simple sensory profiles of your children and adapt your provision to their needs 

  • Look in detail at sensation driven movement play - where and how children are seeking it out

Course Previews 


" Where do I start? The simple way that all the information is relayed, normal everyday language and humour added into the mix. The stories are brilliant. Some are very emotive and gave me goose bumps whilst listening.  It should be a part of secondary education alongside Parenting. 

Parents need to know this, it gives us a much better understanding of why babies and children do certain things and how we can best support them develop further.” 

Gail MacDonald

Course Reviews 


Everything all completely new to me despite having worked in childcare for the last 12 years. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can see using this approach from now on. Simply brilliant! All childcare workers (should know about it). It's a must!

Sarah Harper


Everything all completely new to me despite having worked in childcare for the last 12 years. Thoroughly enjoyed it and can see using this approach from now on. Simply brilliant! All childcare workers (should know about it). It's a must!

Sarah Harper

Structure and Overview

Content: 18 short filmed lessons divided into four modules, lots of visuals. Downloads to support new ways of observing movement. A quiz to finish... The lessons take 1 and half hours to watch straight through. The observation you do as part of your everyday routines, (using the structures provided), is a big part of the learning.

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

Module 1 - Introduction: Introducing the course ahead and a developmental movement approach.

Module 2 - Movement Observation Two simple structures to support movement observation as a specialist aspect of your observation work.

Module 3 - Halfway Play: Movement Observation

Module 4 - Upright Play - Introduces detailed checklists (for you to download) to help you clarify what you already know and to see more detail in children's upright 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.

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

Halfway and Upright Play

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.