The role of movement in childhood development and health


Unlock the Power of Early Childhood Development!

Are you a health professional or educator witnessing a surge in inactive kids, screen-bound little ones, and sleep-deprived youngsters? The impact on their physical and emotional well-being is undeniable, affecting their ability to thrive in school and beyond. Our dynamic course will arm you with knowledge, insight, and skills to transform their trajectory.

What Awaits You…

Scientific Illumination: Dive into the latest evidence on movement behaviors—physical activity, screen time, and sleep. Decode the secrets behind fostering healthier habits.

Fundamental Movement Skills: Understand the building blocks that propel children toward active lives. Unleash their potential through foundational skills.

Referrals and Interventions: Navigate a dedicated module on connecting with health professionals. Learn how to steer kids toward vitality and resilience.

Your Impact: Armed with evidence-based wisdom, you'll champion health behaviors for children and adolescents. Your influence will ripple through their lives, shaping a brighter, more vibrant future.

Enroll now and be the catalyst for change. Let's nurture healthier, happier kids—one step, one leap at a time!

This course is perfect for you if you are....

  • an Early Childhood Development teacher or teacher assistant
  • are a health professional wishing to promote movement behaviours and skills amongst children and adolescents.
  • are required to advise on recommendations for these movement behaviours in childhood and adolescence.
  • an individual who wishes to develop movement skills that help to facilitate physical activity in childhood.
  • An individual who wishes to promote health and well-being of children and adolescents.

What's in Store for You?

  • Module 1: Physical Activity
  • Module 2: Fundamental movement skills
  • Module 3: Getting practical
  • Module 4: Sedentary behaviour
  • Module 5: Sleep
  • Module 6: Promoting and prescribing


Each module will have four multiple choice questions. Students will have unlimited attempts to answer these questions. A certificate of completion will be issued once all of the assessments have been completed.


No previous experience and knowledge is required. However, if the learner is familiar with Early Childhood Development and physical activity they will benefit more from the course.


Dr. Catherine Draper
Dr. Catherine Draper

Sports Scientists

Senior Researcher in the MRC/Wits Developmental Pathways for Health Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand.


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