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 


"I felt that watching the children move … I wanted the Movement Play Area to be a special place. They really deserved that. Although, one thing I learnt over they years, it’s not just creating an Area, making it beautiful and saying we’ve got a movement area - it’s about the rest of the nursery valuing and supporting children’s movement too. “

Amanda Willis

Course Reviews 


" Sometimes the children don’t want to move. They want to come and sit and watch and discuss, the Movement Play. And I think that’s really important. There’s something quite lovely happening as they watch their friends - and see how they are, what they’re doing. It’s big on wellbeing. " 

Holly Larson


“Since having the DMP areas in our rooms it’s just amazing to see the children that access it and what they’re getting from it. Things that you might otherwise see as chaotic movement - things that their bodies need - you’ll be amazed at what they’re capable of doing if you give them a safe space and support.”

Loron Hurd

Structure and Overview

Content: 19 short filmed lessons divided into four modules. Downloads to help you plan and create your on area. Interviews with practitioners about their Movement Play areas; and with two guest experts who have fascinating things to say about movement and learning. The lessons take two and a half hours to watch straight through. But 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: What is a movement play area and what's it for?

Module 2 - The Space: Size, and when you make it available; the practicalities setting up the area; resources, guidance for children and guidance for practitioners

Module 3 - Your Practice: Three ways to support the area; thinking about team roles; introducing Lana Karasik from the City University of New York talking about adult and child interaction in physical development.

Module 4 - Children's Learning - Looking in detail at the learning that happens here - sensory, motor, social and emotional; and the ways it supports wellbeing, parents and partners. And a conversation with Kelly Mahler about the importance of interception (the sense that tells us about things on the inside of our body) and links with movement play. Finishes with a quiz..

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

Setting up an indoor Movement Play Area

Valuing children's movement play afresh

Creating  dedicated space for Movement Play indoors 

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.

Increasing physical engagement

(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.

Your Practice

(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.

Supporting communication and social development 

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

Free flow Movement Play

100% of the early years research partners involved in creating the Development Movement Play research project reported that children were involved in more physical activity when they set up an Indoor Movement Play Area.

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.