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.

Underneath everything we do our body is giving us signals, which create our body awareness and let us know how we feel

These signals shape how we move, feel, think and act - on our own and as social beings. This course unpacks how children build this vital sensory awareness and what we can do to support them.

Interoception and emotional development

Knowing how we feel isn’t easy. But we rely on noticing the sensations inside our body, and learning to recognise them, in order to make life work well.

Hear from people who have taken the course

CIW Registered Childminder

Sarah Harper

"Everything all completely new to me despite having worked in childcare for the last 12 years, thoroughly enjoyed it and can see me using this approach from now on, simply brilliant! All childcare workers (should know about it), it's a must!“

Flying Start Advisory Teacher | Ceredigion County Council

Gail MacDonald

Where do I start? The simple way that all the information is relayed, normal everyday language and humour added into the mix. The stories are brilliant. Some are very emotive and gave me goose bumps whilst listening. The video clip at the end was good too. It should be a part of secondary education alongside Parenting. Parents need to know this, it gives us a much better understanding of why babies and children do certain things and how we can best support them develop further.

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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. 

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.