SRF Program

  • Movement Environment Rating Scale (MOVERS)

    VEYLDF Alignment

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

    Item responds to these sub-outcomes: Children take increasing responsibility for their own health and physical wellbeing.


    The MOVERS scale is part of the Curriculum and Intentional Quality Rating Scales, which have been designed to assess quality in all five of the child developmental domains. These scales include MOVERS, SSTEW, ECERS-R/E. All of these scales are interlinked and are designed using a similar format to enhance use.

    MOVERS specifically assesses quality of the environment and pedagogy in the physical child development domain. It has four subscales:  

      1. curriculum, environment and resources for physical development
      2. pedagogy for physical development
      3. supporting physical activity and critical thinking
      4. parents/carers and staff.

    Ongoing professional development is available to ensure appropriate use and application of the scale and meaningful child and educator outcomes.

    Training may be available on weekends to alleviate back fill requirements. The provider may be able to provide training sessions in your area if there is sufficient interest. Note there is a minimum requirement of 20 participants for the training to run.

    Please contact the provider directly to discuss the options available in your area.

    Detailed Costs

    Training costs will vary depending on the location of the training and the number of scales that practitioners are trained in (i.e. 1 or 2).

    Training involves between 3.5 days (1 scale) and 5 days (2 scales).

    The scale manual can be purchased online from the publisher's website. The cost is approximately AU$26 but may vary, depending on where it is purchased from.

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood teachers

    Factors to consider: to access training in the scales, services should consider the cost of back fill in determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Training requirements: Ongoing training in administration and use of the scale is available. This can be completed in conjunction with other scales such as SSTEW or ECERS-E and ECERS-R. 

    Training for 2 scales involves 5 days over 6 months. Training for 1 scale involves 3.5 days over 6 months. This training includes face-to-face training and phone support.

    The provider has a minimium requirement of 20 participants to run a training program, with a maximum of 40 participants per session.

    Australian Experience: this training is offered by 'Early Start' from the University of Wollongong and has been tested and run with Australian educators.

    Strength of Evidence

    Not able to be rated