• Learn about the reflexes that kickstart physical development

  • Discover how important the floor is for shaping physical development

  • Put the detail into why Tummy Play is so important

  • Find out why Back Play and Side Play are equally as important

  • Reflect on why bodies need to keep reeturning to the floor throughout the early years and beyond, to stay in good shape

See the detail and value in the movement play that babies and children create for themselves on the floor.

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The building blocks of motor development


" 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


" 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. ” 

Kayleigh Harris


" 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 . ” 

Denny Rodgers



"There is so much to learn from this course, particularly in understanding how much we can learn from the children we are supporting." (Diane Sexton) Practitioners say they now see not only the milestones , but also the process of physical development unfolding in many smaller movements in children's play.

Anissa is trying to hop, but she's finding it tricky. She needs these foundations to make it work:

  • Core strength

  • A connected up body (core to edges)

  • A sense of her spine at the centre of her body

  • The ability to shift weight to one side (and counterbalance)

  • The organisation to have one side of her body do one thing and the other something different

How can you support her to develop the hop she wants so much? Do you make lots of opportunities for hopping practice and hope that it will sort itself out?

Or do you support her to play strong foundations into place, that will help the hop to unfold? This would be a developmental movement approach ...

Developmental Movement Play in action 

Know the basics

The foundations for strong, adaptable upright movement are created on the floor, in a series of unfolding early movement patterns. Recognise these in action, and support children to engage with them fully, in a developmental approach to physical development.

The floor is a workplace for children

Children often take to the floor to play and learn - they know that this helpful for their body. Make learning environments which value the floor as a workplace, to give children more opportunities to get important developmental work done.

The role of the reflexes

Reflexes guide early movement development. Recognise them in children’s movement play, know which aspects of physical development they prompt, and offer a rigorously child-led approach.

Develop your pedagogy

When adults think differently, children move differently

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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. 

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Take the knowledge and extend your physical development provision 

Course Overview


How to take the course 

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.

The lessons take 2 hours 40 to watch straight through. We recommend that you do lots of observations alongside the filmed lessons, to put the learning into action.

How long can I access the course for?

The course will be live on your dashboard for 3 months

Will I get a CPD certificate?

Yes, you'll receive a certificate of completion when you have finish all modules.

Course Modules

Module 1: Intro 

Module 2: Pedagogy

Introduction to the course and the opportunity to combine theory and practical

Reflect on your aims for physical development and extend your practice. 

Module 3: Developmental Movement

What is developmental movement and how are the reflexes involved in 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.

Module 5: Going Forward

Decide how you want to take your new knowledge back into your setting. A recap and a five-part framework.

Penny Greenland

Penny has been teaching across the early years sector for thirty-five years. In 1998 she set up the action-research project which led to the creation of Developmental Movement Play and has continued to research and develop the approach ever since.

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 Team | Developmental Movement Play Specialist

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