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  • Unpack sensory development and discover what creates body awareness

  • Build simple sensory profiles of your children

  • Recognise sensory processing challenges your children may be experiencing

  • Discover the movement play that helps them to develop their body senses and read the information they provide

Feeling right in your own skin is a huge part of becoming a confident mover and a confident person. Learn about four body senses that give children their body awareness - and key foundations for physical development and wellbeing.

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Body Awareness and Sensory Processing


" 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 to develop further. ” 

Gail MacDonald


" A wealth of information and theory just longing to be put into practice. "

Becci Bailey


" Incredibly useful watching the videos that are full of important information that makes you think about children in your setting and how practitioners can support them in their journey of their 'feeling of me'. ” 

Annemarie Powell


" A very interesting thought provoking course, leading to lots of reflection on how to support children in my setting. "

Leanne Amoss


" I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would recommend it to all child care practitioners. Being more knowledgeable regarding children's physical development ensures we give them appropriate equipment and opportunities ... By doing this course I feel that I’ve been put on the right track of providing the proper environment for physical development and will be making adjustments promptly to our child care setting. "

Catrin Jones


Practitioners taking this course say they are reading children's behaviour very differently and that it has substantially changed the way they support their children - especially those who struggle with the routines and stresses of the day.

Billy doesn't sit still at Circle Time.

Sitting still requires him to co-ordinate everything in his body all at once - the positioning of every muscle, tendon, ligament and joint, plus all the sensations, emotions and body signals that are a huge part of his every moment. It's easier to process all this on the move. Much harder when staying still.

How can we help Billy to acquire the capacity for stillness as well as movement? Start by understanding the streams of body information he is managing moment by moment. Notice if some are harder for him to manage than others.. Give him lots of opportunities to get to know The Feeling of Me so he can hold on to it even when he isn't moving. And give him lots of opportunities for robust physical play - push-pull play, spin tip play, play that involves touch experience over his whole body, like rolling.

Counter-intuitive? Maybe. But really helpful.

Making a safe and focused space for this robust play will help to build the foundations he needs to sit still in future.

Developmental Movement Play in action 

Sensory play

Understand the role of sensory development as a fundamental pillar of physical development and change the way you think about children's movement. Think afresh about ‘sensory play’.

Recognise sensory needs

Recognise and support the children who need the most support to build their sensory foundations. They may move all the time, easily become ‘over-excited’, be very robust in their movement. It’s easy to feel that this is behaviour which should be contained or diverted, but these children benefit hugely when you know how to support them.

Eight senses

You already work with five senses, add three more to support your children’s sensory development. Notice how your children are already working with these and develop your learning environment to make more opportunities.

Develop your pedagogy

When adults think differently, children move differently


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

Course Info


How to take the course 

25 short filmed lessons. 13 audio stories, a structure to create sensory profiles of your children, plus downloads to support your on-going learning. And quizzes along the way to check your learning.

You can watch the course straight through in 2 hours 30. We recommend you spend some time that after each module observing your children. They will help you to turn your new knowledge into practical understanding.

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 finished all modules.

Course Modules

Module 1: Intro 

Module 2: Touch

Unpacking sensory development.

How the touch sense works. How it underpins learning and wellbeing. What kinds of play support the development of the touch sense.

Module 3: Proprioception 

What is proprioception, how it works, the movement play that develops it. How life is affected if it's missing.

Module 4: The Vestibular Sense 

What is the vestibular sense, how it works, why it’s important and what kinds of movement play help to develop it.

Module 5: Interoception

What is interoception and how it underpins everyday life. Why interoception is a foundation for self-regulation.

Join the course

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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Step 2. Press play 

Head over to the course dashboard and start watching.

Step 3. Get going

Take the knowledge and extend your physical development provision.

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