SRF Program

  • Rhythm and Movement for Self-Regulation

    VEYLDF Alignment

    Item uses these practice principles: Reflective practice, Partnerships with families, High expectations for every child, Respectful relationships and responsible engagement, Equity and diversity, Assessment for learning and development, Integrated teaching and learning approaches, Partnerships with professionals. 

    ​Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children become strong in their social, emotional and spiritual wellbeing.


    ​Rhythm & Movement for Self-Regulation (RAMSR) builds educators’ capability to engage children in playful and purposeful rhythmic movement activities that support their self-regulation development and overall social-emotional wellbeing. RAMSR is a program for educators, parents/carers and young children aged 2 to 8 years. In the training, participants are provided with content knowledge, skills and resources to enhance the way they use playful rhythm and movement in everyday practice, drawing from the neurological benefits of this type of activity for young children. 

    In building content and pedagogical knowledge, educators are empowered to embed rhythm and movement experiences in practice as appropriate in their settings, engaging with children with a sense of fun and purpose. Everyday practice can include playful interactions with individual children, transition activities, small or whole group sessions, indoor or outdoor play, or playgroup activity involving both parents/carers and children. Expected outcomes for children include enhanced self-regulation, focus and attention, positive relationships, emotional resilience, positive mental health, social responsibility and helping skills. 

    Online RAMSR training is available at two levels:

    • RAMSR Introduction: 90 minutes, self-paced, enrol at any time. 

    • RAMSR Module: 13 hours of learning, moderated over 6 weeks. This module is offered 4 times per year. Please see the website for course dates.

    On-going support is provided by the RAMSR team through an online community of practice. Registrations for online learning can be made directly through the links provided or alternatively contact to discuss registration and payment options.

    Bespoke face-to-face training is also available through a one-day workshop or coaching services for participants that have already completed RAMSR training. Please contact for more information and a detailed quote.

    Scheduled dates for 2023 training

    RAMSR 13 hours of learning online module:

    • 6 February - 20 March 2023 (registrations closed)
    • 17 April - 29 May 2023
    • 17 July - 28 August 2023
    • 9 October - 20 November 2023

    Registration closes one week prior to each course commencing. Discounted early bird rates are available and close four weeks prior to each course commencing.

    Detailed Costs

    ​RAMSR introductory course: $90 (incl. GST) per person for 90 minutes of self-paced learning online

    RAMSR module: $430 (incl. GST) per person for 13 hours of online learning. Note: alumni, early bird and group discounts are available.

    Bespoke face-to-face RAMSR workshop for 1 – 25 participants: $2,720 (excl. GST). This price includes a five hour workshop plus breaks, delivered face-to-face at a venue provided by the kindergarten service. Travel and accommodation expenses from Brisbane* for facilitators are in addition to this fee and will be detailed upon enquiry.

    Bespoke face-to-face RAMSR workshop for 26 – 50 participants: $4,550 (excl. GST). This price includes a five hour workshop plus breaks, delivered face-to-face at a venue provided by the kindergarten service. Travel and accommodation expenses from Brisbane* for facilitators are in addition to this fee and will be detailed upon enquiry.

    *RAMSR are currently training facilitators in Victoria and hope to be able to provide face to face training without the added travel and accommodation expenses from July 2023.

    Implementation Considerations

    ​Target population: adults working with or interacting with children aged two to eight years, including educators (of various qualification levels and settings), early years support educators, early years coaches and directors, and parents/carers.  

    Program/practice descriptions and details: the RAMSR approach has been designed and is constantly refined by early childhood educators, early years music specialists and music therapists with extensive experience in the early childhood sector. 

    There are no minimum participant numbers in online training courses and no musical ability is required. There is a minimum number of 6 participants for the face to face workshops.

    Program adaptability: face-to-face workshops are available when travel from Brisbane to Victoria is appropriate for facilitators and resourced by clients. 

    Staffing: services should consider the cost of backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource. Introductory online module only requires 90 minutes of time total. The 6-week online module requires approximately 1 hour of online and 1 hour of practice with children each week.

    Supervision/Coaching: ongoing support is provided for educators through an online community of practice moderated by the founders of the RAMSR program.

    Tools and systems: internet is required to access online courses and download resources. If participants choose to print resources, this will be a requirement they will manage at their location. Other equipment needed for face-to-face training include class sets of rhythm sticks (i.e., inexpensive dowel cut to length), audio track device (e.g., phone, iPad), and a Bluetooth speaker. Animal castanet class sets are optional. 

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence

    ​Level 3 - Promising research evidence