Building confident bodies
Learn about 7 kinds of halfway play that create vital foundations
Try some play structures that invite halfway play
Develop your movement observation skills within a developmental movement framework
Learn to spot when children might need more time building early foundations to enhance their upright movement skills
Learn why halfway play is such an important part of physical development. And how to spot when foundations need more work to support skilled upright movement.
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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.
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.
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.
It's easy to miss or rush Halfway Play. But it's a crucial part of physical development in which children can set themselves up for a lifetime of strong confident, comfortable movement.
No rush halfway play
As babies start to come away from the floor, it's tempting to focus on the upright movement ahead. But the movement that happens between the floor and upright is an important part of the foundation building process. It's important not to rush or overlook halfway movement play.
As we build increasing detail about the building blocks of physical development, movement observation skills become more important. Now, we're not just looking out for the milestones, but for the way in which a child's physical development is stacking up. Simple structures that help us see more are important.
Observe your children as they move - especially the ones you are most concerned about - and work out if any foundations might need more time to build in order to facilitate skilled upright movement. Create environments which invite and value foundation-building play.
Take all the detail and let it to inform your everyday practice. A simple five-part framework helps you to plan environments and experiences that ensures you offer babies and children a great movement play diet - every bit as important as their food diet.