About activematters

activematters was designed by Dr Lala Manners to offer a range of training opportunities in the field of Early Years Physical Development including Cache supported Level 2 and Level 3 courses – currently the only available accredited courses in the UK in this field.

A wide variety of professionals are accommodated – including SLT’s, nursery practitioners, sports coaches and OT’s. activematters training fully supports the EYFSC and aims to assist students long-term - helping them to deliver safe and effective practical sessions in the workplace.

The activematters approach ensures all young children will able to;

  • Move with confidence, imagination and safety
  • Move with control and co-ordination
  • Travel around, under, over, and through balancing and climbing apparatus
  • Show awareness of space, of themselves and others
  • Recognise the importance of keeping healthy and the things that contribute to this
  • Recognise the changes that happen to their bodies when they become active
  • Use a range of small and large equipment
  • Handle tools, objects, and malleable materials safely and with increasing control 


activematters expresses its mission in terms of three broad goals:

  1. To support Physical Development as a Prime Area of Learning in the EYFSC
  2. To ensure practitioners/professionals receive appropriate, high quality training that supports the design and delivery of safe and effective practical sessions.
  3. To build a high-performing, inclusive organisations to promote physical activity in diverse settings with a range of professional disciplines.

Vision Statement

  • All children will have access to a safe and effective experience to promote and enhance their physical development.
  • All practitioners will gain an appropriate level of unpinning knowledge and training to ensure Physical Development is actively supported as a Prime area of learning.
  • All practitioners will be supported long-term to secure their commitment to Physical Development and opportunities for Child Physical Development in this field can be afforded.
  • Families will be supported by practitioners/professionals to ensure understanding and use of appropriate resources.
  • Inclusive practice will be actively supported by practitioners/professionals.

Strategic Objectives

activematters long term goals are:

  • Provide a range of  professional development opportunities in the Physical Development field for all those working with young children
  • Convene individuals and groups with similar interests/issues through a range of media to debate/discuss issues relating to Physical Development /well-being of young people.
  • Design and disseminate standards of practice for the Physical Development component of the EYFSC
  • Implementing systems to recognize early childhood education programs and early childhood professional preparation programs that meet CACHE standards and guidelines.
  • Building public understanding and support for activities and services that promote the healthy development and learning of all young children and their families.
  • Advocating for public policies and funding to support a comprehensive system of high-quality early childhood education for all young children and families.
  • Fostering the development of a network of high-performing, inclusive organizations that share the goal of promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.

Statement of Philosophy and Values

Accomplishing activematters mission is dependent on:

  • Building the commitment, loyalty, and enthusiasm of thousands of people by providing opportunities for participation, contribution, and building consensus on critical issues.
  • Valuing and respecting individuals with diverse viewpoints and perspectives who share a commitment to the education and development of young children.