Early Years Series: Jabadao

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I couldn’t do a blog series on Early Years Dance without featuring Jabadao – the national centre for physical play.  Jabadao was established in 1985 with the purpose of encouraging people of all ages to involve themselves in playful activity, and they are amazing!  I’ve been on several of their training courses and have been

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Early Years Series: ideas for creative movement

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In the fourth instalment in our series of blogs focusing on early years dance, I wanted to share some of the activities we have been doing with young children.  My colleague Tahnee Lawson delivers dance sessions in nurseries, to parent and toddler groups and foundation stage classes in primary schools.  Here, she shares some of

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Early Years Series: The Vestibular System

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In the previous blog, I mentioned the vestibular system.  Until 18 months ago, I had never heard of this term, but the more I read on it the more fascinating it becomes! The vestibular system provides our sense of balance and spatial awareness and is located in the inner ear.  It’s an internal guide that

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Early Years Series: Our current research

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This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

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Early Years Blog Series

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It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to blog and one of the reasons is due to the amount of exciting projects we currently have on the go! JumpStart are working in conjunction with Team Charnwood to create and roll out an Early Years dance programme that develops children’s physical literacy. Teachers, occupational therapists

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The wonders of masking tape

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Last week I ran the annual Dance Development Day for Foundation and KS1 teachers in the South Charnwood School Sports Partnership.  As usual, it was well-attended, with enthusiastic teachers taking part in the practical sessions very much in the way that the children do.  They love the opportunity to experience the sessions first hand and

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