Here at Minmoov we believe helping young children to grow and develop is all about keeping it simple providing a holistic play-based programme of learning and development.
The programme has been developed by early years physical development specialists in partnership with early years teachers and practitioners.
Minmoov will allow you to access training, tools, information, ideas and support every month suitable for children from 3 years to 7 years old, including those with SEND.
Minmoov Toolbox Sections
Mini Yo! – Yoga
Early Years Skills Pathway
Children in the early years need to develop their gross and fine motor skills and sometimes it is hard to know where to start.
A good place is with the early years skills.
The Skills pathway covers 12 weeks and will focus on 3 skills each week, e.g. week one – JUMP, CRAWL, SHUFFLE. Children will develop other skills, however the focus on these specific skills will be the basis for planning and development.
The Skills pathway will provide you with the following to plan around:
- An explanation of each skill and ideas of how to teach them.
- Activity ideas that combine more than one of the skills
- Ball Skills
- Basic Actions for gross motor development
- Early years gymnastics
If you have the Mini Moves cards (see resources section) you can use them as individual flashcards or combine them to create activities and games.
Mini Yo! is an exciting and fun way for children of all ages, to develop physically, emotionally and creatively. The yoga-based moves and activities can be used for relaxing as well as encouraging children to be active.
Every month this section will be updated with a film of either a new Mini Yo! Story film (with supporting moves films) or new Mini Yo! Mindfulness session.
If you have the Mini Yo! cards (see resources page) you can use them to create your own activities and stories alongside the films provided here.
Activity Videos and Downloads
Each section will provide you with information, downloadable activities and videos that children can follow, supporting your play-based practice.
You can follow an active story or use the information to create your own.
You can try out the suggested Movement to Music activities or use the 5 Dance Basics to choreograph your own.
Children will learn many things through movement and play, such as interacting with each other- Social Skills, numbers and how they and shapes fit together- Mathematics and new words and how they look and sound- Language, Literacy & Communication.
When planning for all other Areas of Learning/Subjects, include a physical activity section. This will allow you to teach children in the traditional way and further enhance what they have learnt through engaging, enjoyable physical activities.
Each month this section will focus on a different area of learning and provide activity ideas to support learning in the different areas.
Children will need to develop good foundation skills to underpin their physical ability, not only for games, activities and sports but also in order to complete simple day-to-day tasks.
It is therefore important to provide many opportunities, especially in the early years, for children to develop these Foundations (ABC’S).
Each month will focus on a different Foundation, providing information and activity ideas to support the development of that particular area.
Grow Members will have access to the CPD section that provides short modules to help you develop your knowledge and skills to deliver a high-quality play-based provision.
Simply watch the Module video, take and pass the short quiz, download the supporting material. This will make learning and developing your knowledge easy.
We have created a Top Tip Generator aiming to give you a bit of inspiration for the day.
Each time you visit this page you will receive a different Top Tip from early years specialists and we hope will give you some food for thought.