The outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 had a serious impact on all of us; the way live and work, plus the ability for children and adults to stay healthy both physically and mentally.

We realised the difficulties schools and early years settings that were remaining open during this period had in providing a curriculum for children of key workers and vulnerable children of assorted age groups and abilities. In addition, some groups that have had to suspend services have expressed concerns about their members becoming socially isolated and wanted some activities delivered from familiar faces that they could do at home.

We wanted to stay connected to all of you and help as much as we could through these unprecedented times and with this in mind we created MovementWorks Online providing daily sessions that proved to be welcome and an effective response to the circumstances. Unfortunately after 12 months our funding ran out and we were unable to continue with the daily sessions, but we continued to work hard to support our beneficiaries and we secured funding to that enabled us to provide our second Action for Autism project, which commenced in May 2021 and ran across the summer months; it was mainly delivered online but with the restrictions lifting we were able to also arrange some Face-to-Face events in July and August.

Our work to secure funding for our initiatives continues and we are excited to be working on our MovementWorks On Demand Library after a successful Crowdfunding campaign which we hope to launch early in 2022. 

We are delighted that as restrictions lifted we have been able to return to delivering face-to-face sessions and we have also secured funding to support those schools and early years settings that have reached out to us for help. You can read more about our projects on our dedicated webpages. 

There are numerous cases made for the recognition of the important part movement plays in cognitive development…the lack is rather in terms of hard evidence.

- S.Davies.

MovementWorks® exists to prove that movement matters. We are an evidenced-based organisation. Our work is developed by a qualified dance movement scientist and supported by nationally recognized leading figures in education. Read more about us. We are committed to ongoing research. We provide inclusive dance-movement based intervention programmes that are both mainstream and SEN appropriate. They are designed to optimise physical development to accelerate learning and to enhance communication and global understanding. Our flagship Developmental Dance Movement® programme was designed subject to rigorous academic research and continues to evidence outstanding results.  Read more about Developmental Dance Movement® (DDM) and find out more about our current projects. Our specialist support team and practitioners are trained in Inclusive Practice and Special Educational Needs. You can read more about the MovementWorks Team, and view our SEN&D Case Studies. We provide CPD career seminars for early years practitioners, teachers and SENCo’s. Feel free to contact us about INSET training. We offer enjoyable informative workshops suitable for parents/carers and qualifying practitioners. Our outreach events have a community focus and promote movement awareness, encouraging an active and positive lifestyle. We also deliver specialist higher education lecture and seminars suitable for those studying Sport, Movement, Early Years Education, Dance and/or Health Sciences. Book through your university.

Our Movement Mission

Movement is vitally important to the way we develop, to the way we communicate and understand each other, and to the way we feel, think and learn. Focusing on both the recreational and learning potential that dance movement has to offer, MovementWorks provides movement education and experiences of the highest quality for our children, their carers and educators.  Please see our full Mission Statement. Watch MovementWorks Founder & Creative Director Ali Golding deliver her message at TEDxKingstonUponThames

MovementWorks for Early Years

Every child deserves to have the best possible opportunity to learn. Today’s technology driven environment and sedentary lifestyles create deficits in our children’s development. The MovementWorks programme, Developmental Dance Movement® is a direct address to our movement mission. A distinct approach of embodied cognition, designed scientifically, applied artistically, integrating literacy and mathematics to enhance physical and intellectual development and thereby increase the learning potential for children of all abilities. Developmental Dance Movement® supports early learning across all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1. Read the Founder and Creative Director Ali Golding’s published research.

MovementWorks for Autism

People on the spectrum (as well as everyone else) need to move!

- Dr Stephen Shore EdD, Prof Adelphi University MovementWorks® has a team of autism specialists and Autism Movement Therapy® practitioners. Joanne Lara’s movement and music AMT programme is a complementary progression from Developmental Dance Movement® suitable for children (age 7 and above) to adults. It offers an innovative, energetic and structured approach that stimulates the brain, aids sensory processing, develops communication and motor skills and addresses behaviours associated with ASD.  Read more about Autism Movement Therapy.

Grounded in academic research & special education pedagogy, but with it’s heart firmly in the arts the AMT approach supports MovementWorks’ objectives in highlighting how dance has enormous power to optimise development and learning potential for all.

- MovementWorks Founder and Creative Director:  Ali Golding MSc, PG Cert SEN, BA (Hons), FRSA.

We are deeply saddened to announce the loss of Joanne Lara, founder of Autism Movement Therapy, close personal friend, Ambassador and Advisor of MovementWorks. Joanne will be greatly missed by the Autism Community. 

MovementWorks Patron: Sir Robin Bosher KBE. Please read more about the Advisory team.

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