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 interactive, evidence-based MOVERS professional development program aims to enhance the quality of the movement environment in early childhood education settings. It specifically focuses on children's physical development. 

    The professional development for educators focuses on four key areas (aligning with the subscale in the MOVERS scale):

    1. Curriculum, environment and resources for physical development (space, resources, gross and fine motor skills)
    2. Pedagogy for physical development (staff engagement, observation, assessment, and planning)
    3. Supporting physical activity and critical thinking (movement vocabulary, conversations, critical thinking risky play)
    4. Parents/carers and staff.
    The professional development focuses on children aged 2-5 years, however, the content is applicable to all children aged birth-5 years.

    A certificate of completion will be provided.

    There are a range of options for delivery of professional development workshops:

    Option 1: Two-day face-to-face professional development workshop. This workshop is for a maximum of 40 participants in total, and a maximum of 5 participants per ECE setting. Workshops are generally delivered in Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, although may be delivered in other locations if required. Scheduled dates for 2024 are as follows:
    • 6 and 7 May (9.30am-3.30pm on both days) or,
    • 13 and 14 May (9.30am-3.30pm on both days)
    Additional workshops can be facilitated later in the year if required.

    Option 2: Onsite face-to-face professional development workshop (2 hours). All educators and staff members are welcome. Contact the provider to request dates.

    Option 3: Online professional development workshops (6x1.5 hours). Workshops are deliver via Zoom for a maximum of 40 participants in total, and a maximum of 5 participants per ECE settings. Scheduled dates for 2024 as follows:
    • 6 May - 10 June 2024 (1.5 hours, 5pm-6.30pm) 
    • 23 July - 27 August 2024 (1.5 hours, 5pm-6.30pm)
    Additional sessions can be added as needed.

    Detailed Costs

    Workshops: please email Rachel Jones ( for further information on costing. For onsite face-to-face professional development workshops, the cost is generally $450 for services located within 1 hour drive from the facilitator.

    Scale manuals: about $50 online (depending on bookseller)

    Implementation Considerations

    Target population: early childhood educators.

    Program/practice descriptions and details: The MOVERS professional development program encourages changes in pedagogy and practice to enhance the quality of the ECE movement environment. 

    Factors to consider: The provider may be able to run training sessions in particular local areas if interest is sufficient. If travel is more than 1 hour and accommodation is needed, additional costs will vary.

    Supervision/coaching: workshop training is supplemented by ongoing phone support. Ongoing training in administration and use of the scale is also available. 

    Staffing: services should consider the need for backfill when determining the cost of accessing this resource.

    Priority Area

    Wellbeing (social and emotional)

    Strength of Evidence