Early Years professionals 

building a confident, expressive, skilled and happy body is a priority for every child

The JABADAO team has been researching physical development for over 20 years, observing children, talking with early years practitioners and teasing out theoretical models. The result is a constantly up-dating contemporary practice called Developmental Movement Play (DMP).

Development Movement Play 

a progressive approach 

1. The Feeling of Me 

sensory processing

2. Me Moving 

the building blocks of confident, expressive, skilled movement

Children are hardwired to seek out what they need for great physical development. At first a set of magnificent reflexes guide them to the ways they need to move

Then they listen to their bodies and choose movement that gives them what they need. They are very good at it ... they are infant experts


They don't need us to tell them what to do. They need us to know what they are looking for - and why - and make great spaces and places where they can create their own physical development programme. This is developmental movement play


If we understand more, we can be more Helpful Adults


Zoom Course for Sheffield early years settings

Five sessions from November 2020 to April 2021.


Watch a Taster here ...

Booking essential.

Open to settings across Sheffield

Continuing Professional Development opportunities

Host a Course

If you and your team want to take a fresh look at how you support physical development,  we'll devise a course  for you - within a child-led, play-based approach.


If you're an advisor, or a manger supporting lots of settings, we offer courses for up to 24 Champions, to bring the work back to their setting


All courses  share radical thinking about physical development theory. You can also add in a specific focus if you'd like to  - perhaps how physical development links with reading, writing or self-regulation. 

We're happy to talk with you about delivering training sessions on Zoom.


Conferences & Workshops

If you want a thought-provoking and lively slot at your event, our Director - Penny Greenland MBE - is your woman. She loves presenting at conferences and CPD workshop days because they are such a great way to spark new thinking. 


Lots of research-led ideas, challenging questions, and practical good humour Penny is author of Hopping Home Backwards: movement play and body intelligence and has contributed to several early years

text books. Above all, she offers  contemporary thinking about physical development.


She's happy to do Zoom sessions as well.



If you have trained before and would like to check in, refresh your thinking or roll a specific question around - we're just a Zoom away.

If we can be useful - get in touch. Just you, or a group of colleagues.



Arts Projects

To stimulate, celebrate, enliven and delight

The Tig

The Tig is a stunning walk-in sculpture - soft, safe, as big as a house and filled with colour and light. 


Inside there are six dancers and acrobats waiting to play. There are no words. There is a rich sound score.


What happens inside is led by children 0-5.

We tour with The Tig during the summer months, usually in 5-day residencies. We will tour again when circumstances allow …