Value children's movement play afresh

  • Hear the basic guidelines we have created together over the years:

  • Discover that where you put the Area can make a big different

  • Consider simple resources you might need

  • Reflect on the different roles members of your team might take to support this learning area

  • Think about the range of learning that happens here - physical, social and emotional. And how wellbeing is enhanced here

  • Reflect on partnerships with parents

Learn about the value of including a focused Movement Play Area within your indoor learning environment - and hear from practitioners who have years of experience of supporting Areas in their setting.

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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.

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

Setting up an indoor Movement Play Area

A Developmental Movement Play Course

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.

Core topics

A dedicated space for movement play

The way you set up an indoor area, (designed to value children's love of spontaneous movement play), makes a big difference. Experienced early years practitioners have lots to share.

Increasing physical engagement

When children have access to an indoor Movement Play Area (as well as an outdoor playground) they move more - and engage in a wider range of movement.

Your practice

Practitioners can support movement play in different ways - as an open area of continuous provision, by watching in very focused ways, or by joining the movement play. Everyone needs to find the role that suits them 9and their setting) best.

Supporting social and emotional development

It's not only physical development that a Movement Play Area supports. Children use this non-verbal space to learn how to make and build relationships, explore and communicate their feelings and build empathy for others. Here, they find a bigger voice.