Power | Confidence | Whole-body connection

This course takes a look at 7 kinds of Halfway Play and their significance to physical development. Why exploring off balance is as important as finding balance. How Halfway Play prepares the body for upright play (and why this takes time). Why it is important not to rush halfway movement, but to revel in it.

Movement Observation

Integrate observations into your daily practice and learn from your children. The more you notice and understand about their movement, the more you're able to tweak the environment and their experience to nurture their Physical Development. Develop your understanding of Halfway Play - and your movement observation skills.


A real whole-bodied workout

Crawling is a key milestone and is often given more weight than other early movement. Find out how it supports the development of both the body and the brain. Then learn more from your children through observation.

Hear from people who use the Developmental Movement Play


Holly Larsen

Sometimes the children don’t want to move. They want to come and sit, and watch, and discuss, the Movement Play. And I think that’s really important. There’s something quite lovely happening as they watch their friends - and see how they are, what they’re doing.

Head Teacher | Grave Owen Nursery | Sheffield

Nancy Farrow

(Why indoors as well as outside?) " We have the indoor space because it makes a huge difference to how children are. They might come in unsettled. Give them the space, let them move it, get rid of all that angst that they might have felt … and then they move on to other areas a lot calmer... (What are they working on in the area) By perfecting one thing … you learn you can perfect others. They generalise that learning. A lot of the curriculum talks about generalising one thing to another - and you can see that in the Movement Area. "

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Course curriculum

  1. 1
    • Introduction

  2. 2
    • Movement Observation Structures

  3. 3
    • Intro to Halfway Play

    • Rocking and Reaching

    • Sitting and Toppling

    • Crawling

    • Bum Shuffling

    • Bear Walking

    • Clambering and Climbing

    • Coming up to vertical

    • Reflecting on transition

    • Squatting

  4. 4
    • Upright checklists

    • Five-part framework

    • Halfway and Upright Play Quiz

Penny Greenland MBE

JABADAO Director | Developmental Movement Play Specialist

Course tutor

Penny is a movement and body specialist, exploring our physical and felt experience across many somatic practices. She’s a thinker, a mover and driven by the goal of developing a learning a culture that supports body and cognitive development equally.  Between 1998 and 2009 she led an in-depth action research project exploring how we support our youngest children’s physicality. Developmental Movement Play was created from this research, which continues to evolve and deepen. Penny loves to share ideas and offer training at all levels.   She is author of Hopping Home Backwards: body intelligence and movement play and a contributor to several early years text books about physical development. 

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