JABADAO Courses

Designed to create real and lasting change...
new understanding    practical ideas    ways to make change happen
About JABADAO courses
  • All our courses are run in partnership with a local host - someone from a local authority, early years organisation, school, children's centre, care home or community organisation

  • We are not  running any public courses for indivduals at the moment

  • Courses equip participants to set up, or champion, new ways of working in their own setting. They do not equip people to take the material and train or model in other settings

Quality Assurance

  • Only JABADAO practitioners (company members) are accredited to run training, modelling or project work in settings other than their own 

  • If you want to promote training we will always provide a trainer

    • this will be a body/movement specialist with substantial experience​

    • they receive regular training and supervision from the company

    • they all work with children as well as being trainers

    • they can answer the kind of hard questions that training demands

  • Make sure that any course advertised as 'JABADAO' is run by a practitioner from the JABADAO company. Drop us  an email if you are not sure. 

 

Course content

  • All our courses are devised to suit particular aims: tell us what you want to achieve and we create a course, within the JABADAO approach

Numbers

  • Courses are usually for a maximum of 22 people, but talk to us if you want to adjust this

Space

  • We need:  a clear space big enough to accommodate the participants - if everyone can ie down with their arms out with hitting their neighbour it is big enough! And a chair each that we can clear to the side. No tables.

Admin

  • Once we have agreed on aims and a date, we send the booker a short Contract/Briefing Sheet. This includes all the relevant details for both parties. A date is confirmed when both have signed the sheet.

 

Early Years 

 

bespoke courses for early years practitioners, teachers, learning support staff, family workers and childminders. All courses fit with the EYFS and Sure Start in England; and the Foundation Phase and Flying Start in Wales

 

About our courses
The JABADAO approach can be used to create a sea-change in the way you support Physical Development -  as a prime area of the EYFS; to increase the amount of physical activity your children are involved in; to support 'readiness for school', reading and writing; to support boy's development and learning in physcal ways; and to support early identification and intervention where learning challenges exist.
 
All courses are bespoke - made to match your aims - based in the approach we created between 1998 and 2009 in a thorough action-research project involving 82 early years practitioners as research partners. Since then, Developmental Movement Play (DMP)  has influenced the work of many other consultants and trainers and is being used by early years practitioners in settings across England and Wales.  DMP is child-led, play-based and grounded in developmental movement theory and practice.
Length of courses

Each course is created to meet your aims within JABADAO's person-led, play based approach. 

 

  • we can teach 1-day courses that begin to change hearts and minds

  • we teach 2 and 3-day 'champions' courses for key workers who will lead changes in practice within their organisation

  • we can add a short (hour and a half) presentation to the 2/3 day courses for whole staff groups, or large local networks. This supports 'champions' as they begin to implement change

  • we are also happy to model new ways of working, with your client group, to fast-track change and embed new ideas

 

Examples of previous courses

  • What Children's Bodies Need: 1 day introduction

  • What Children's Bodies Need: 2- or 3-day champions course

  • What Children's Bodies Need: one and a half hour presentation linked to champions course

  • Setting up a safe Indoor Movement Play area as a key learning resource: 1 day

  • Physical Development as a prime area: developing your provision to meet new expectations. 1 or 2 days 

  • Reading, Writing and Wriggling: movement play as a foundation for future skills 1 day

  • JABADAO Baby: the importance of movement play for child development  1 day

  • Effective early identification and action using movement observation and movement play  1 or 2 days

  • Helping children to be 'ready for school'. Helping schools when children are not 'ready'  1 or 2 days

  • Reluctant movers/movers who never stop: support through purposeful movement play  1 day

Things people have said recently ...

 

"You know how you go on courses and there might be one new thing you think you can use? Well everything was new to me today and it all made sense"

"Amazing course. Real eye opener ..."

"The course has been extremely enjoyable and helpful ..."

"Completely valuable. I have learnt more in 2 days that I have in 12 years in my setting. Will 100% be using this training to empower the children in my care".

"Amazing. This JABADAO course has opened my eyes, Wish everyone knew this information. Can't wait to go back to my setting and change things."

 

 
 

Special Needs

bespoke courses for teachers, learning support staff, portage staff, health workers and early years practitioners. 

IOur courses are based on the work we have developed over a thirty-year period. Each mixes three things:

  • ways to create an easy freedom of expression, using movement 'conversation'

  • developmental movement: understanding about what every body seeks to support all-round development

  • the value of play as a rich source of development and learning 

 

Our aim is to offer an approach that interweaves with, and augments, the physical strategies already wildey used in special settings: intensive imteraction, sensory activities, dance, rebound, massage.

"The JABADAO approach is fabulous. It's how so many of our children learn, communicate and express themselves". Nic Found. Lead Teacher Creative Learning, Kingfisher Community Special School, Oldham

Length of courses

 

We offer one-day courses providing an introduction to our approach, with practical ideas to take away

 

A two-day 'champions' course offers more chance of sustaning new practice over time, equipping key membes of staff to lead on the inclusion of new strategies

 

 

More commonly, we make a longer relationship with a school -  visiting  over an extended period of years to embed new ideas and practice across a whole staff team. Each training day is planned to make a targeted contribution. This is where sustained change and development really take root.

Examples of courses

  • What Children's Bodies Need: exploring developmental movement as  a support for development, sensory learning, health and wellbeing (based on our Developmental Movement Play approach)

  • Being Me: techniques for supporting sensory learners, with complex learning and health needs, to express themselves and communicate on equal terms - through movement

  • Movement play as a way of building on Intensive Interaction techniques you already use

  • Ways to support physical education in PMLD and SLD settings.

 

For care settings

We offer courses for carers and Activity Organisers designed to extend skills in non-verbal communication - and ways to create joyous times even when the challenge of the day can be extreme.

When words become tricky, but there is still so much to express, we must find other ways to reach out to each other.

 

This half-day, or one-day course is designed to equip carers with more techniques to share rich conversation -using movement and energy - that is as every bit as powerful a communicator as words. 

 

Activity Organisers can learn simple, playful actiities to engage any and all residents.

When words become tricky, but there is still so much to express, we must find other ways to reach out to each other.

 

This half-day, or one-day course is designed to equip carers with more techniques to share rich conversation -using movement and energy - that is as every bit as powerful a communicator as words. 

 

Activity Organisers can learn simple, playful actiities to engage any and all residents.

 

This is a truly person-centred approach that is different depending on who is in the group and how they feel today

 

Courses are organised with local networks or groups of homes. We provide a course leader, you provide a space and the participants.

This course is for carers, Activity Organisers and volunteers who want to run playful, sociable physical activities with frail older people. The emphasis is on play, rather than exercise - we find people are more physically active when things are fun.  And we are never too old to play.

 

Ideas for simle games, props and activities that everyone can join in and feel good.

 

This is a truly person-centred approach that is different depending on who is in the group and how they feel today.

 

Courses are organised with local networks or groups of homes. We provide a course leader, you provide a space and the participants.