1st Edition

The Movement Environment Rating Scale (MOVERS) Supporting Physical Development and Movement Play in Early Childhood

By Carol Archer, Iram Siraj Copyright 2024
    70 Pages 16 Color Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    70 Pages 16 Color Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    70 Pages 16 Color Illustrations
    by David Fulton Publishers

    This revised new edition of The Movement Environment Rating Scale (MOVERS) offers a brand-new method of measuring the quality of environment and pedagogy in which young children are encouraged to move and be physically active.

    As physical development is a key component of an educational curriculum, MOVERS offers practitioners the opportunity to accurately assess the quality of a child’s physical experiences, and the environmental and pedagogical quality of these experiences. The MOVERS is placed firmly in the family of CLIQRS – Curriculum, Leadership and Interaction Quality Rating Scales, which includes the Early Childhood Quality Rating Scale – Emergent Curriculum (ECQRS-EC), the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being Scale (SSTEW) and the Pedagogical Leadership in the Early Years (PLEY) scale, all of which have a similar format to previously mentioned scales, making it easy for educators already familiar with these well-established scales to adopt them and adapt them to their own unique settings.

    MOVERS has four sub-scales:

    - curriculum, environment and resources for physical development
    - pedagogy for physical development
    - supporting physical activity and critical thinking
    - parents/carers and staff.

    This book will be an invaluable tool for research, self-evaluation and improvement, audit and regulation. With additional notes derived using the feedback from extensive use of this resource by practitioners in hundreds of settings and early years specialists around the world, it has also been rigorously updated according to latest research, practice and policy.

    1. Introduction to the Movement Environment Rating Scale (MOVERS)  2. Sub-scale 1: Curriculum, environment, and resources for physical development  3. Sub-scale 2: Pedagogy for physical development  4. Sub-scale 3: Supporting physical activity and critical thinking  5. Sub-scale 4: Parents/carers and staff  6. The MOVERS score sheet  7. Joint observation/inter-rater reliability for the MOVERS  8. The MOVERS profile


    Carol Archer is a Consultant in the UK and overseas.

    Iram Siraj is Professor of Child Development and Education at the University of Oxford, UK.

    "MOVERS is a great leap forward in consolidating and organising some of the cutting-edge techniques and insights that are…important in helping children grow to their potential. This scale, based on the work of Carol Archer and Iram Siraj over many years of solid research, study and observation, will be deeply useful and critical for educators, and all who care for young children."
    Bette Lamont, Director at Developmental Movement Consultants, Seattle, Washington, United States.

    "An excellent tool for assessing quality in the support of young children’s physical well-being. It is scholarly, practical and helpful; I recommend it highly."
    Dr Sandra Mathers, Department of Education, University of Oxford, UK.

    "I have been searching for several years, an instrument to measure the quality of the environment in these areas in early childhood education and care settings… I believe such an instrument now exists."
    Professor Anthony Okely, Director of Research, Early Start, University of Wollongong, Australia