18 Jun, 2019

The Early Years Movement Handbook

A principles based approach to supporting young children’s physical development, health and wellbeing, by Lala Manners.

£16.99 │ PB │ 9781785922602 │ Aug 2019

Why is movement so important to ensuring young children’s smooth overall development? How may their physical skills be supported by adults? And what are the implications for practice? Answering these questions and more, this book clearly demonstrates the link between physical competency and emergent literacy and numeracy.

The first half introduces the eight core principles of movement-based learning. It explains why movement plays such a critical role in children’s development and how physical activity underpins theskills that support effective communication and school-readiness. Thesecond suggests ways in which they may be implemented in practicewith all children from birth to five years.

All children need to be confident and competent movers, effective communicators and ready to tackle the challenges of new experiences and environments. This book will provide the knowledge and tools to ensure that they are.


‘This timely book by Dr Manners provides an accessible text for early years practitioners and students about the crucial importance of physical movement for holistic development. With both theoretical perspectives and practice application, The Early Years Movement Handbook is essential reading.’
– Dr Eunice Lumsden, Head of Early Years, University of Northampton

‘This is an important and valuable book…Through focusing upon clearly argued principles for movement-centred practice, it provides a fresh, logical and creative resource that demands a response from us all.
– Prof Jan White, author of Every Child a Mover and Playing and Learning Outdoors

‘This book is a wonderful and timely reminder of the need to let go of our adult agendas and free children to follow their innate drive to move, explore, learn and simply enjoy themselves, each other and their world. Drawing onphilosophy, science, child development theory and inspiring practical examples, Lala Manners shows us how to create the conditions in which young children can flourish through developing their physical confidence.’
– Kim Roberts, Chief Executive, HENRY (Health Exercise Nutrition for the Really Young)

Available to pre-order at Amazon.