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Play Move Improve

By Robyn Papworth
Hey, I'm Robyn from Play Move Improve. I am an Exercise Physiologist, Developmental Educator and Trainer who is passionate about getting more children active and moving each day.

Discover strategies to improve children's spatial awareness, balance, gross motor skills, fine motor skills, and much more.

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Early childhood conference - sensory play strategies recording - 2020
In this episode I share a recording of my presentation about how educators and teachers can implement a range of sensory play strategies in early childhood classrooms to promote literacy, numeracy, and play skills. If you love this episode, please leave a review or share your feedback on my Instagram - 
February 4, 2021
Repeating 4 year old kinder was the best decision I made for our family
My 4 year old Phoebe just wasn't ready for prep this year. In this podcast I chat about my journey and my tips for how I made the difficult decision to repeating 4 year old kinder for my daughter. Share your concerns and comments on my Facebook page - 
February 3, 2021
Kindergarten classroom observation - preschool girl with spatial awareness difficulties
In this episode I chat about what I see at a Developmental Educator and Exercise Physiologist in a kindergarten classroom observation for a preschool girl who demonstrates spatial awareness difficulties; writing her name in mirrored format, finding it difficult to move throughout the playground, and finding it challenging to find her feet during the song 'heads, shoulders, knees, and toes'. If you enjoyed this episode please share your experiences and feedback on my facebook page -  Thanks for listening :)
November 4, 2020
Child development real mum chat with Ash from Rainbow Sky Creations
Tune in to our real mum chat with Ash from Rainbow Sky Creations. Ash and I talk about how we're surviving as busy working mums during social isolation. Ash also shares her tips as a teacher, for ways to engage children during remote learning. To learn more about the fantastic resources from Rainbow Sky Creations click here -
May 10, 2020
Early learning during covid19 chat with Kristy from Early Childhood Expectations
Enjoy listening to my Early learning during covid19 chat with Kristy from Early Childhood Expectations. During this episode we chat about how educators can reduce the feeling over overwhelm and stress during this difficult time, and how early childhood educators can share their support with families who have young children during social isolation. Follow Kristy on her social media channels:
April 27, 2020
How to work at home while homeschooling children during the coronavirus pandemic
How to work at home while homeschooling children during the coronavirus pandemic I was asked this question by a hard working mum, so here are my top tips to manage working from home while also managing our children during this very challenging time. If you have any ideas to share with families, please continue this conversation on my Facebook page - 
April 22, 2020
Technology use and screen time during coronavirus pandemic
We're all relying on technology more than ever right now, trying to survive and maintain our sanity while in social isolation with our families. Our children are using laptops to complete school work, our  toddlers are using smart devices to give us 10 minutes of peace and quiet. In this episode I share my ideas about technology use and screen time during the coronavirus pandemic, and how we can still maintain a healthy balance between screen time, learning, and physical activity. Continue the conversation by sharing your thoughts and experiences on my Facebook page -
April 20, 2020
Should we be worrying about homeschooling during this coronavirus pandemic?
Should we be worrying about homeschooling during this coronavirus pandemic? We are feeling pressured to follow a curriculum that was created for a qualified teacher in a classroom setting. Teachers are feeling pressured to turn their classroom content into online lesson plans so that our children 'don't feel behind'. But is this all necessary during a pandemic? Or should we be focusing on providing children with love and life skills right now? Please share your thoughts on my Facebook page, to help support other parents and teachers in our current situation - 
April 19, 2020
How anxiety may impact children's homeschooling during covid19 and what you can do to help
We all have anxiety. Anxiety can be a good thing when we know how to use anxiety to our learning advantage. In this episode I talk about how to motivate children to learn during homeschooling in social isolation, and how anxiety can have a positive or negative impact on children's ability to focus and pay attention during their covid19 homeschooling sessions. To learn more about children's learning and development, check out my Facebook page - 
April 9, 2020
Facebook Live recording about surviving social isolation with young children
Listen to our conversation about surviving the pandemic social isolation with Robyn from Play Move Improve and Ash from Smashed it Dance Company. Ash and Robyn talk about lowering our expectations to save our sanity, and ways to keep children active while we're at home. If you enjoyed this episode, follow me on Facebook to see our up and coming live chats and homeschooling videos - 
April 9, 2020
Providing child development support during this social isolation pandemic
During this podcast episode, I just wanted to share my story, to why I became a children's Exercise Physiologist, and to reach out to see how I can help you get through this challenging time of social isolation with young children. If you have a question, or need ideas to keep busy kids entertained and active, simply message me on Facebook or Instagram under the name Play Move Improve.
April 9, 2020
Child development question - observing children with trauma in the kindergarten classroom
I was asked a great question by a preschool supervisor, about whether one of her students may be struggling in the kindergarten classroom because of his history of trauma from illness and complex hospital admissions. Join our discussion as I talk about trauma, developmental delay, and infantile reflexes. Feel free to ask me a question for my next podcast episode. I would love to hear from you. 
March 30, 2020
Early childhood education podcast - Why are children distracted in the classroom?
In this podcast episode, I share my case study of a young boy who is 6, and in his first term of prep this year. His mum reported his challenges with getting ready for school in the morning. His teacher is concerned about his distractability during transitioning from circle time to the table. After a conversation about this young boy's behaviour at school and at home, his mum mentioned that this young boy also finds it challenging thinking about consequences before acting in their yard at home. Throughout this episode I share: * What to look for when observing a child's distractability * How our environment can impact our ability to pay attention and focus * The relationship between a child's senses, arousal level, attention, and focus * The information that we need to collect, to be able to help a child who is easily distracted in the classroom If you found this podcast episode helpful, and would like to continue your questions in my online coaching session, click here - If you would like an in depth training session for your team, click here -
March 19, 2020
Early childhood parenting education - pushing preschoolers in prams
In this early childhood parenting education podcast episode, I talk about our latest lifestyle habit of pushing toddlers and preschoolers in prams and shopping trolleys. This episode is to inform families, not judge them. So please share your positive thoughts and feedback below. To continue this important conversation, come and say hi in my online early childhood community -
February 26, 2020
Some days I struggle to play - a real conversation from a tired and overwhelmed mum
This episode is a raw and real chat about how I have been struggling to motivate myself to play with my kids at home. Even though I am known as 'the play lady' at work. I have been struggling to connect at home, as the washing and dishes pile up, and the overwhelm takes over. During this episode, I share 5 strategies that I will be using to help get myself out of this rut, and back connected with my family. I hope you can join me on this journey. If you have any words of wisdom, or ideas to share, please comment below, or in my online community -
February 23, 2020
Early learning centre developmental educator observation example
In this episode I describe one of my developmental educator observation sessions in an early learning centre. You will hear me talk about some of the developmental red flags that I observe, and how I work with teachers to source allied health support for children with developmental delay and learning difficulties. To learn more, come and join my early childhood online community -
February 21, 2020
How to know whether your child is ready for kindergarten
In this episode I share with you my 5 milestones for knowing whether your child is ready for kindergarten. Learn more about kindergarten and school readiness in my online early learning community -
February 5, 2020
Why children's dance classes are important for motor development
In this episode Robyn talks about why children's dance classes are important for motor development. The 3 topics that Robyn talks about are: * Fundamental movement skills that are promoted in dance, including jumping, hopping, and skipping * Isolated movements in dance that promote children's coordination * The way dance improves children's balance To learn more about children's motor development visit 
January 16, 2020
Be proud of your yourself as an early learning educator, kindergarten teacher, or elementary teacher
In this episode I encourage early learning educators, kindergarten teachers, and elementary teachers to value their creative skills and strengths that they bring to a child's day. Sometimes we get so overwhelmed by the paperwork pressures of our jobs that we forget to value the magic of teaching. So I encourage educators to be proud of their strengths and to value yourself as you inspire children in your classroom each day. To chat with other teachers and educators who feel your frustration, come and say hi at our free early learning community -
March 20, 2019
Early learning education is more about connection than academics
In this episode I talk about an educator who spends quality time connecting with the children that she cares for and their parents. I talk about my passion for promoting connection more than academics. I also talk about a teacher who makes a huge effort to get to know important facts about each of her students so that she can build a connection that is more important than any literacy or math outcome. Share your feedback on my Facebook page -
March 19, 2019
Empathising with teachers' frustration - we need to modify the curriculum instead of the child's learning style
In this episode I empathise with teachers and educators about their frustration with the curriculum that is pushing for academics more than connection and play. I also talk to kindergarten teachers, early learning educators, and primary school teachers about the importance of modifying the curriculum instead of trying to change the children's behaviour or learning needs. However, I do appreciate that this is a lot easier said than done.   To learn more, register for my free preschool webinar -
March 14, 2019
Homeschooling play activities for children to do on a rainy indoor day
In this episode I share some fun play ideas to keep the children entertained during a rainy indoor day. This episode was inspired by my 6 year old who told me "I'm bored" before 9:30 in the morning. So enjoy the play ideas and please let me know what you think by leaving a review.   To get access to 3 free children's exercise videos click here -
March 11, 2019
Baby development - why is tummy time important for your family
In this episode I talk about what tummy time is, why tummy time is important, and how you can support a baby or child to enjoy tummy time. Any questions be sure to ask on my Facebook page - To learn more about children's core strength and motor development, click here -
March 10, 2019
Child Development - Fine motor skills and hand dominance
In this episode I talk about why using a dominant hand for every day tasks is important for fine motor skill development.  To learn more about children's fine motor skill development, click here -
March 5, 2019
Child development - mother's group pressure to sit babies up too early
In this episode I will chat about my own experience with mother's group pressure, as well as how to deal with the pressure to sit our children up before their body is ready. I will also highlight in this episode why tummy time is so important for developing baby's core strength, and some simple tips that you can try and help baby's enjoy tummy time (as much as possible). To learn more about children's development, click here -
March 2, 2019
Child Development - why do children need head movement - the vestibular system
In episode 5 you will learn about why head movement is important for children, and how the vestibular system impacts a child's learning during play and in the classroom.  To learn more about children's vestibular system and hand-eye coordination, click here -
March 2, 2019
Child Development - Why do children need to move more and what is proprioception?
In episode 4 you will learn about one of the 8 senses, proprioception. Proprioception is the feeling of pressure in our body. This pressure is crucial for developing spatial awareness. To learn more about spatial awareness check out episode 3 and to learn more about proprioception press play.  To learn more about children's motor development and sensory integration, join my online community -
March 2, 2019
Child Development - What is spatial awareness and why is it important for early learning?
In episode 3 I chat about the motor skill spatial awareness. During this episode you will learn how to assess a child's basic spatial awareness skills, and you will discover why spatial awareness is an important milestone for children.  To learn more about spatial awareness and gross motor development click here -
March 2, 2019
Child Development - How to find a good balance between technology and movement
In episode 2 I talk about the importance of encouraging children to develop their motor skills before giving them access to technology. Why? Because children need to develop both gross motor and fine motor skills for learning and life. Yes technology is great for keeping my house calm, and my sanity in check. My movement and play is crucial for children's health and development.  To download free gross motor skill activities to support children's development and learning click here -
February 26, 2019
Child Development - Who is Robyn Papworth 'the play lady' - Why I love Play
Enjoy listening to my first ever podcast episode where I talk about what I do as 'the play lady' and why I love incorporating play in to children's day. To learn more about me, come and follow my Facebook page - 
February 26, 2019