4 core body senses

Touch, Proprioception, Vestibular and Interoception

The Feeling of Me unpacks the sensory side of physical development. We look at 4 core body senses, how they work and what they support and what kind of movement play builds them. 25 videos, 13 audio stories plus materials to support observations.

Here's what people say

  • What was the best thing about the course?

    " The course was hugely informative. The content was presented in a very accessible way and there were lots of practical ideas to act upon. "

  • What would you do to make the course better?

    " Make it mandatory training for all staff working with children. "

  • What was disappointing about the course?

    " Nothing, was very interesting and has prompted some big questions in my setting. "

  • What was the best thing about the course?

    " The downloads are a fantastic way to feed back at the setting and to keep a reminder of the course. "

  • What was the best thing about the course?

    " Looking at things from a different perspective, for example, knowing that it’s sometimes easier for a child to fidget rather than to sit still. "

  • Who should know about the course?

    EVERYONE! It helped me to put so much of what I have seen as a practitioner into context and made me think again about why children exhibit the behaviour that they do.

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Individual purchases

Team and multi-site purchases

Follow the link on the right for group bookings

  • For small teams of 2 - 10 £35 per person

  • For larger teams of 10 - 20 £30 per person

  • Multi-site - speak to the team for pricing

Course Tutor

Penny Greenland

Many years ago Penny was a dancer and choreographer, working in both theatres and schools. After becoming involved in early dance movement therapy training in the UK, she became fascinated by developmental movement practices. She set up JABADAO in 1985 to explore ways to develop and share new practice in everyday ways. Between 1998 and 2009 she headed up an in-depth action research project exploring how we support our youngest children’s physicality. She is author of Hopping Home Backwards: body intelligence and movement play and a contributor to several early years text books about physical development.

Course Content

  1. 1
    • Intro

    • Forget movement - Think Sensation

  2. 2
    • About Touch

    • Three aspects of the touch sense

    • More touch play needed - one

    • More touch play needed - two

    • Touch as food

    • Touch Play

    • Touch quiz

  3. 3
    • What is Proprioception

    • More about proprioception

    • How do babies and children build their proprioception

    • More Proprioceptive play needed

    • Proprioceptive play - children

    • Proprioceptive play - babies

    • Proprioception quiz

  4. 4
    • What is the vestibular sense?

    • How does the vestibular system works

    • How do babies and children build their vestibular sense?

    • More vestibular play needed - one

    • More vestibular play needed - two

    • Vestibular play - babies

    • Vestibular play - children

    • Vestibular quiz

  5. 5
    • What is Interoception

    • How does Interoception work

    • Interoception play

    • Interoception Quiz

  6. 6
    • And finally

    • Feedback

Frequently asked questions

  • Who is the course designed for?

    All early years practitioners working in nurseries, pre-schools, childminders, playgroups, Children’s Centres, family groups, drop-ins - and those supporting practice in these settings.

  • How long will it take me to do the course?

    The films and audio stories add up to two and a half hours. To make the most of the potential learning you will also want to do lots of observation using the new eyes this course gives you. That’s where the real learning develops.

  • Will I need to make more time out of work for the observations?

    No. We recommend simply watching your children as part of your everyday observations - no special time necessary.

  • Do I take the whole course and then do the observations?

    We recommend you take an observation break after each of the four main Modules. So 30 to 40 minutes of information on film, then some observation time.

  • Does the course support the EYFS Early Learning Goals?

    Yes - and even more. Building strong sensory foundations supports motor skills to develop; and underpins many other areas of learning and self regulation.

  • Can anyone take the course?

    Yes - you don’t need any special knowledge. If you’re interested in how physical development happens, this course is for you.

  • I work with babies. Is there a different course for me?

    No. This is as relevant to babies as it is to older children. This is where it all starts.

  • I have special responsibility for special needs. Will this is useful for me?

    Very - this material is really helpful for understanding how physical development sits underneath lots of developmental issues. And gives you a way to work with children in entirely positive ways to build firm foundations.

  • We’d like our whole team to do the course. Is is the same price per person if there’s lots of us?

    No. It’s great idea to have your whole teams take the course so we want to make it as realistic as possible for you to do this. Get in touch and talk to us about pricing for teams and groups.