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Halfway and Upright Play

Building confident bodies

  • Online course 

  • Self Paced 

  • Access for 3 months

  • Join today for £42 per person

This course looks at the movement patterns that are neither down on the floor, nor fully upright - and the ways they build a strong and connected body in preparation for upright movement.


It enables you to:

  • understand the nature and importance of Halfway Play

  • understand how the early movement patterns combine to create upright movement

  • use a developmental framework to identify where children may need extra support

No Rush

As children come away from the floor, it’s exciting to see them move closer to some significant physical skills - sitting, crawling, and most exciting of all, walking. It’s extremely tempting to look for ways to encourage them to get there faster.


But lots of significant movement happens between the floor and upright, priming and preparing the body in particular ways.

A developmental movement approach suggests that there is no longterm benefit in rushing children at this stage. And much value in giving time to the patterns that unfold here.


It’s the gradual process of experimenting and repetition that builds great foundations. When children find their own way to new skills, they develop stronger foundations and a greater sense of agency.

Take this course to:

  • learn about 7 kinds of Halfway Play

  • see how they draw, and build on, earlier Floor Play patterns

  • track how they prepare the body for upright movement

  • learn child-led games to focus all 7 of the Halfway Play patterns

  • develop your movement observation skills using a child-focused observation structure

  • use 8 checklists to support your understanding of how upright movement skills unfold over time

  • use them to identify the specific support that individual children need

Outcomes for children 

Early patterns start to combine to support new physical skills

  • children bring together patterns they developed in Floor Play and practice integrating them with each other

  • this integration will be important for well organised movement

The body takes the time needed to lay down foundations for upright movement

  • children actively shape their body as they engage in movement away from the floor. This preparation phase is important

  • they build the upper and lower body strength they need for upright movement that's full of ease

Bodies build connection and flow

  • the work here building connection and integration (as well as strength) supports more than good-enough movement in future

Gain access to video lessons, audio stories and practical downloads 

Course content 

An online course exploring motor development 

Developmental movement

The detail of 7 kinds of Halfway Play

Movement Play Structures

To invite engagement in each kind of Halfway Play

Movement Observation

Two simple techniques to use in your setting

Upright Play

Detailed checklists (for you to download) to help you clarify what you already know - and see more detail in children's upright movement

"The observation sheets will be very useful when assessing. Also the halfway play games will be useful to be included in the children's play."

School Assistant
Meinir Jones
Cylch Meithrin Trawsfynydd

"I've loved it, it has been so informative and taught me so much. I now feel I will able to observe and understand what the children are doing and why."

Baby Room Leader
Vikkie Marsden
Grassroots Day Nursery

"We're really, really passionate about Developmental Movement Play and it's a really big part of our pedagogy."

EY Practioner
Suzzi Flinders
Grace Owen Nursery 

This course is for:

  • all early years practitioners working with children from 0 - 7

  • teachers and learning support staff in primary schools who want to understand physical development better

  • special school staff who want to develop a Movement Play approach and/or support early physical development

What's included:

Online course 

  • 1 hour 20 minutes of course material

  • 14 video lessons with tutor Penny Greenland

  • game structures

  • practical downloads: observation structures and checklists

Next Steps:

  • follow the link below to create your account

  • gain access to the course materials for 3 months to complete at your own pace

  • refresh your practice - re-think the role of Halfway Play within your curriculum 

  • combine with other Jabadao courses to build the full approach

  • be part of a community dedicated to ensuring children have opportunities to build a deep connection with their body

Join the course

Take the approach back to your setting

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