Jabadao Learning

‘Developmental movement play: Full Bodied, whole hearted’

Developmental movement play is simple movement activities which helps to build the brain, the nervous system and the body, ready for all the things human beings need to do throughout their lives.

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It’s a vital part of their development that allows children to use their bodies as a main frame and push their movement to the limits. It is child-led as children know in their bones that they need to move.  It links into our Early Years foundation stage curriculum.

The nursery practitioners role is to support and follow the child’s ideas and movements, the adults explain the golden rules at the start of the session, and remind them again at the end.



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It combines five types of play:

  • Floor play
  • Belly crawling
  • Crawling
  • Spinning, tipping and falling
  • Pull, push, hang, stretch, buffet about

The equipment  is laid out on floor mats prior to the session for example exercise balls, silk scarfs, lycra sheets, and foam shapes to encourage rolling.


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