Physical development is about so much more than fine and gross motor skills. First we need to focus on how children develop their body awareness - the sensory development which is a foundation for everything. Then we need to understand the movement processes that create the motor skill milestones. Then we can support young children to get what they need to embody their lives and their learning with huge confidence and pleasure. That’s Developmental Movement Play in a nutshell.
If you want to know more about how physical development works, and how to support your children to become confident, skilled and happy movers - join us for a Developmental Movement Play course. Bring your questions and your experience and together we’ll ask why children move as they do. Why all those wriggles and jiggles or tussling on the floor? Why are some children oblivious to risk and others acutely aware? Why is Halfway Play even a thing? Why do some children crave full-on movement and others avoid it at all costs? We’ll look at things that get in the way of development and how we can be helpful - using a child-led and play based approach.
“We’ve developed and transformed our approach quite significantly over the last two years and it’s no co-incidence that it’s alongside the whole team training we did around Developmental Movement Play. Because it sits absolutely beautifully with a child-led play based approach."
"The training opens everybody’s eyes - it certainly inspired practitioners to see things differently, and to see children’s learning and behaviour differently. We’re able to look at what they’re doing and interpret it in different ways now … and that leads into supporting children in all areas of their development and the Early Years Foundation Stage."
“Since having the DMP areas in our rooms it’s just amazing to see the children that access it and what they’re getting from it. Things that you might otherwise see as chaotic movement - things that their bodies need - you’ll be amazed at what they’re capable of doing if you give them a safe space and support.”